In this daylong, based upon her experiences of being raised in the Jim Crow South and marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as being later trained and guided in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Jan Willis will discuss and invite an exploration of the shared Buddhist and Christian virtues of love and social engagement.
We continue to establish foundational perspectives and practices, through (1) a brief review of the previous session, (2) a focus on combining inner and outer awareness, (3) exploring empathy in relationship to feelings and emotions, and (4) two exercises to develop presence and empathy.
In this talk we further define the nature of mature or spiritual hope as part of a trinity that includes trust and love, and explore what blocks its unfolding. We then review how different people have "hit bottom" and found their way to the energy, receptivity and openness of hope.
The word "intimate" means "to make known". What do we wish to make known, to make real and alive? What does it mean to be intimate with oneself and life? The talk touches on the importance of making a turn towards the retreat: to value simplicity, silence, being and and attitude of loving care.