Online: Together Under the Bodhi Tree
with Bart van Melik
Mondays, March 8th – March 29th, 2021 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm ET
Nowadays the Buddha’s teachings are widely available, yet it can feel daunting to study these ancient texts. Dharma Contemplation is a relational meditation practice that enables us to enter into the Buddha’s teachings in a profound way.
Together we will contemplate a short excerpt of the Buddha’s teachings, speaking the truth and listening deeply. Participants move from engagements with just the words of the text, then to the emotional resonances it evokes. This leads to a cognitive investigation of the meaning and finally, setting the text aside, to an exploration of present moment experience – How have you been touched by the Buddha’s words?
In Dharma Contemplation the wisdom we are contemplating comes directly from the Buddha via his oral teachings, which have been passed down in the Pali texts for two thousand years. Just as we can experience intimate and elucidating contact with a good friend or teacher – mind to mind, heart to heart – we can do so with the Buddha via his legacy in a remarkably direct way – human to human, Buddha to Buddha.
If you’ve never read a Buddhist text before or you’re looking to refine your understanding of the teachings, this is a wonderful way to deepen your connection with this timeless wisdom. Come sit together under the Bodhi Tree.
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