Session 8: Finding Refuge in Difficult Times

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A chance to hear the recorded sessions of our Thinking Out Loud online series.  Each week we will be releasing the recordings for the previous Sunday event. 

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Session 8:

24th May at 4pm BST with follow-up discussion 28th May at 7pm BST 

Finding Refuge in Difficult Times

With Christina Feldman and Jaya Rudgard

The heart qualities of kindness, joyfulness, compassion and equanimity teach us how to be present in the midst of all events, circumstances and moments without being overwhelmed.  These qualities offer a true refuge and are profound doorways to transforming the most obstructive qualities of fear, aversion, despair and confusion.  During this online programme we will explore how we can cultivate these relational qualities as we navigate our way through uncertainty and a life changed by conditions beyond our control or choosing.  The Buddha taught that we can find a way of being present in this world, not being hostage to its conditions but remaining fully responsive to them. When our worlds crumble the teachings remind us of how important it is to draw upon the seeds of potentiality we hold in our hearts of kindness, compassion, joyfulness and equanimity.

CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachussetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976. She is one of the teaching faculty of the CPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha and is engaged in teaching the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands. Her most recent book Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, written with Willem Kuyken, was published in the summer of 2019. 

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began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher.  She later trained to teach at Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock in the US and continues to teach Insight Meditation at these centres, at home in the UK and internationally. She is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council. Jaya also teaches qigong. 


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