February 10: Equanimity – Freedom Beyond Identity and Preference

“The entire world is disturbed with insanity, due to the exertions of those who are confused about themselves.”  – Shantideva

“The Great Way is not difficult for those with no preferences.” – Hsin Hsin Ming

Equanimity (upekkhā)—a stance of neutrality toward all internal and external phenomena—is fundamental to genuine wisdom and well-being. Yet of all the Brahmavihāras (lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity), it can be the most difficult to comprehend and practice. The view of equality requires a foundational grasp of the empty nature of all phenomena and direct experience of non-self. This day of teachings offers a unique opportunity to dive deeply into the clear, still, unimpeded ocean of equality and identitylessness through a variety of equanimity practices designed to cut through deluded grasping at preference, separateness and self.
Participants must attend the entire day.

Date: Saturday, February 10  2018

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: Dana (donation)

Location: Insight Santa Cruz, Meditation Hall

How to Register: No registration required

Teachers: Carla Brennan and Lisa Dale Miller

Carla Brennan, M.Ed., is guiding teacher for Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation and has been practicing meditation for over 40 years in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan traditions. She is also a teacher with the Foundation for Active Compassion. Carla was a psychotherapist in private practice and taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for 18 years. bloomofthepresent.org

Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP, is licensed to practice psychotherapy in California, New York and Oregon. She specializes in Integrative Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing Therapy and Embodied Presencing skills for complex trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, stress disorders and relational discord. She is the author of a highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health professionals, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence. Her greatest joy is training clinicians in the applications of mindfulness and Buddhist psychology. She is a dharma teacher and has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades.

Everyone Welcome.