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Brightening the Mind

Six Monday’s, Beginning February 15th thru March 21st – 7 to 9p.m. taught by Jessica Swanson

Full bloomed pink lotus with yellow centerThe Buddha recommended using certain recollections, or Anussatis, as a way to brighten the mind at the beginning of a meditation or during a dry spell in practice. Six of these recollections – Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha; Generosity, Integrity and the characteristics of the Devas – are designed to inspire faith in the path and confidence in our own practice. Working with the Anussantis encourages us to be generous and have integrity in our daily life and then calling upon the memory of those actions to brighten our own hearts, which feeds the desire to continue refreshing those habits off the cushion. The recollections help create a continuous loop of practice, wise reflection and adjustment, focused on the development and maintenance of skillful mind states.

As with all our courses, this class is on a donation basis, thank you for your support. You’ll find a donation basket is in the back of the room.

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Syllabus:

Week 1: Reflection on using the qualities of the Buddha to brighten the heart and inspire confidence in the practice; guided meditation; discussion; homework is to use recollection of the Buddha in daily meditation

Week 2: Reflection on using the qualities of the Dhamma to brighten the heart and inspire confidence in the practice; guided meditation; discussion; homework is to use recollection of the Dhamma in daily meditation

Week 3: Reflection on using the qualities of the Sangha to brighten the heart and inspire confidence in the practice and ourselves; guided meditation; discussion; homework is to use recollection of the Sangha in daily meditation

Week 4: Reflection on using acts and memories of our own generosity to brighten the heart and inspire confidence in ourselves; guided meditation; discussion; homework is to be intentionally generous in our daily lives and reflect on the results during meditation

Week 5: Reflection on using acts and memories of our own integrity to brighten the heart and inspire confidence in ourselves; guided meditation; discussion; homework is to use the precepts in our daily lives and reflect on the results during meditation

Week 6: Reflection on the qualities of devas (conviction, virtue, learning, generosity, and wisdom) to brighten the heart and inspire confidence in our own potential; guided meditation; discussion; homework is to notice and develop reflective wisdom in our daily lives and on the cushion