Friday Night Discussion Group: Buddhism and the Cessation of Suffering
What: — Each day, everywhere many people experience a deep sense of dissatisfaction, discomfort and even grief. Others appear to be content, well-off and forever optimistic. But if we look closely we find that suffering is universal. This is the Buddha’s “first noble truth.” Yet, the Buddha’s teachings hold a great gift — a path to equanimity and the cessation of suffering. This seven week discussion group will focus on these most important teachings.
Group participants will receive a specially prepared booklet of important discussion excerpts from the Majjhima Nikaya (Discourses of the Buddha), the Zen writings of Sokei-an, Taisen Deshimaru, Thich Nhat Hanh, Robert Aitken, Stephen Hagen and others. The discussion materials will also include related ideas from thought leaders in psychotherapy: Irvin D. Yalom, (list several others). The group atmosphere will be informative, informal, nonjudgmental and welcoming.
When: — Seven Friday evenings from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. March 7, 2014 and continuing through April 18, 2014
Suggested Donation: — $35.00 for the materials and group participation
David J Mullen MD — Dr. Mullen is a Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Children’s Psychiatric Hospital at the University of New Mexico. He has been an active participant in meditation practice at the Albuquerque Zen Center for the past 4 years and regularly recommends aspects of meditation and mindfulness practice as a tool to assist his patients in managing various types of emotional distress.
Stanley Weinstein — Stanley Weinstein, AZC Board Chair, joined the Albuquerque Zen Center in 1994. Since then he has participated in Sesshins at Mount Baldy Zen Center, Rinzai-Ji in Los Angeles, and Bodhi Manda in Jemez Springs. A retired consultant to nonprofits nation-wide and author of several books on nonprofit management, Stanley has been the Albuquerque Zen Center’s volunteer meditation instructor at Central New Mexico Correctional Facility.
Who Should Attend: — This discussion group is designed for people interested in Buddhism, psychotherapy, “self actualization” (i.e. discovering “no self”), and practical approaches to transcending life’s hardships. This group will also appeal to people who are interested in meditation and mindfulness. Moreover, mental health professionals will find the ideas and concepts discussed helpful in their practice. (People experiencing serious psychological challenges are encouraged to seek help from a professional mental health service provider.)