Working with the Distracted Mind
Presence & Awareness
May 10th – 12th,2019
An Introductory Training on Group Mindfulness Practices
As a result of habitual distraction it is very difficult to anchor our attention without a reference point. What precisely is the problem if we are always running on distraction and our attention is continually being hijacked by one thing or another? From a merely secular perspective, the problem is that it’s not very efficient. It’s not productive. It’s not professional and it’s not even conducive to balanced well-being. From a non-secular or spiritual perspective, it’s impossible to do any kind of practice without continuity of presence. Regardless of our own personal goals related to well-being and mindfulness training, there can be no real benefit unless there is an understanding of the special chemistry of presence based upon the balance of focus and relaxation. Maturing skillful presence promotes well being and nourishes a ground for genuine growth. In this course we will learn and practice various methods to develop the unique balance of focus and relaxation, the two legs upon which all systems of secular and spiritual mindfulness are based.
Steven Landsberg went to India in 1967 and spent almost ten years there studying Indian classical music and Tibetan Buddhism. After returning to the United States, he had the fortunate opportunity to meet Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and be introduced to the view and practise of Dzogchen. Steven immersed himself in the Santi Maha Sangha program which Rinpoche started in the 1990s and became an active participant in the establishment of Tashi Gar Norte in 2002. He served on their Gakyil or Board from 2008-2013. Rinpoche authorized him to teach in 2010 and he has been traveling throughout South America and Europe giving courses on the Santi Maha Sangha base during the last eight years, and giving public courses on mindful presence.
7-9:30pm, Friday, May 10th
10-12:30pm & 2:30-5pm, Saturday, May 11th
9:30am-11:30am, Sunday, May 12th
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