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Developing the perfections of the heart: meditation class

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What are your true priorities? How can you align your life more closely with them?

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This class has ten sessions: Tuesday evenings from September 1 to November 3, 2020.In Buddhist teachings, the paramis, or perfections of the heart, are qualities that all spiritual practitioners must develop to support their awakening to the truth.

"These ten qualities can also be thought of as “priorities.” In fact, the word parami is related to paramam which means “something of foremost importance.” You try to think of these as the priorities in your life. If you make things like material wealth, status, or relationships your priorities then you’re placing your happiness on things that are largely out of your control, whereas the qualities you develop in your mind as you go through life are in your control. They are things you can determine that you’ll develop in any situation, regardless."--Ajahn Thanissaro

We're envisioning this class as an honest exploration of how to bring our lives more in line with our own deepest priorities and values. Unlike with refined states of concentration, the paramis can be cultivated in the midst of all of the complication of our everday lives, and in this way all of life can be part of the path of practice. We'll discover which qualities can keep us balanced during the global pandemic or the unveiling of racial suffering in our communities, or the pain or discomfort amidst our family histories and relationships.

This class meets on 10 Tuesday evenings. This class is suitable for everyone. If you are new to meditation, please let us know, and please also make a special effort to come to all sessions. It is our intention that these classes be welcoming and accessible to people of all backgrounds, abilities, races, and genders.

The deposit (registration fee) helps us cover rent and other BCIMS operating expenses. There will also be an opportunity to offer dana to the teachers--no suggested minimum donation.

Adrianne Ross, a retired family physician, has been involved in meditation and healing since 1976. She has been practising Buddhist meditation since 1984. Her spiritual journey has also included contemplative inquiry practices (Enlightenment Intensives and Diamond Approach) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Trained by Jack Kornfield (in 1998), Adrianne is influenced by both Thai and Burmese streams of the Theravadan tradition, as well as Tibetan (Mahamudra and Dzogchen) practice. She teaches classes, weekend and residential retreats in Canada and the US. She is involved in teaching and mentoring students in the Dedicated Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner Programs through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Adrianne mentors students every year for the UCLA Mindfulness training program.

Farheen Haq (she/her/they/them) is a South Asian Muslim Canadian who has been living on unceded Lekwungen territory (Victoria, BC) for 22 years. She was born and raised on Haudenosanee territory (Niagara region, Ontario) amongst a tight-knit Muslim community. Farheen began studying and practicing the dharma through the Insight Meditation tradition in 2006. She coordinated and hosted a Kalyana Mitta sangha from 2014-2017 and since 2017 has co-organized Sweet Refuge Sangha for IBPOC practitioners in Victoria. As an artist, mother and educator, Farheen’s work is informed by the expansive and liberatory teachings of the Buddha, Islamic and Indigenous feminisms, social justice and family work. Her practice is guided by many teachers including Farida Haq, Anushka Fernandopulle, rev. angel Kyodo williams, Ruth King, Tara Brach, Gerry Ambers (‘Namgis Nation), Adrianne Ross, and Arinna Weismann. www.farheenhaq.com

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