TOPIC FOR THE FEBRUARY 1, 2023 ZOOM
This meeting will be exclusively through the Zoom app, as the building we meet in will be occupied until February 13. As I understand how Zoom works, you must preregister at the site Zoom.us, entering the URL : https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUuf-2srDMtnERzureO8f2K4iQeRCf-dQ and using the password 620329 in order to participate in the events; registering one time will provide access to all the upcoming meetings, as long as we continue streaming them. The meeting can be accessed by smartphone as well as any internet-connected computer system, following the instructions at the Zoom website. The meetings will be recorded and posted on the website as usual.
Lezlie Laws will facilitate the Feb. 1 session. The title of her talk is “Impermanence, Finitude, and Time Management.” Inspired by Oliver Burkeman’s popular book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, she will explore how Burkeman’s positions on time and contemporary anxiety are aligned with the Buddha’s teachings on the “three characteristics of existence,” impermanence, suffering, and no-self. I hope you will participate, and I wish you well. Peter
Sympathetic Joy, Mudita in Pali, is the quality of consciousness that happily celebrates the success and happiness of others, regardless of any material or status benefit for oneself. The cultivation of mudita involves integrating lovingkindness with the in-born capacity we all have for empathy. This talk reviews the classical understanding of mudita and how contemporary psychological research supports how this awareness is formed in the brain through the practice of mindfulness, investigation of mental phenomena and Right Effort.
Here are the notes prepared for this talk: Working With Mudita
Next week’s talk will be provided by Lezlie Laws, one of the teachers who is being mentored by Peter. The topic she reviews will focus on how the core teaching of Buddhism about impermanence affects our contemporary issues of time management.