Wisdom for Difficult Times: What the Buddhists Teach


We can't always control what happens to us in life, but we can change how we react. For 2500 years, the Buddha's teachings have helped people work with their thoughts and emotions during times of groundlessness, fear, or loss. Many Americans have already discovered how Buddhist wisdom and practice can help them work with personal challenges and loss. Now we can apply these teachings to what we're all experiencing as society goes through difficult times. Whether you're new to Buddhism or a long-time practitioner, join Sylvia Boorstein, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Zoketsu Norman Fischer ' three great teachers from the three major Buddhist traditions ' for a weekend of Buddhist wisdom and meditation specially aimed at all the challenges of life today. Through talks, meditation practice, and question and answer sessions, these three leading Buddhist teachers will offer help to anyone who is looking for insight and practical techniques to help them get through these difficult times. Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a poet and Zen Buddhist priest who has taught at the San Francisco Zen Center, where he served as co-abbot from 1995'2000. He is presently a senior dharma teacher there as well as the founder and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation. Norman is particularly interested in the application of Zen to issues of Western culture and everyday life. He has taught extensively with his old friend Rabbi Alan Lew on the relationship between Buddhist and Jewish practice. For more than fifteen years Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching worldwide about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is the author of two books, Carefree Dignity and Fearless Simplicity, and is interested in the dialogue between Western research'especially neuroscience' and Buddhism. He is a meditation master of the Drukpa Kagyu and Nyingma traditions and was recognized as a tulku at the age of eight. Ngesd?÷n ??sel Ling Monastery in Kathmandu is his seat in the East, and Yeshe Rangsal in Crestone, Colorado, is his seat in the West. Sylvia Boorstein, LCSW, PhD, is a cofounding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts. She has led retreats in several countries; is the author of fifties books on Buddhism and meditation practice, most recently, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life; and is a regular columnist for the Shambhala Sun. Sylvia has practiced psychotherapy for over forty years.

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Fri 02 Oct 2009 - Sat 03 Oct 2009
3 p.m. - 10 a.m.
Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco 1625 Post St. San Francisco
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