Beyond the Cushion: Awakening our Highest Potential (Online)
June 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm – July 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm UTC-6
Beyond the Cushion
If you’re like most people who care about the planet and growing your self-awareness, you may have tried many practices – yoga, counselling, books, courses, meditation. If, after all these sincere efforts, your daily life still isn’t working as well as you’d like, there are reasons for this.
In this online course, we focus on various teaching and training methods that support you to make changes in outdated views, limiting habits and conflicted emotions. We emphasize practice both as individuals and in community. Changing all this takes courage and work and revolutionizes your personal status quo.
The results? More joy, more creativity, more compassion, more freedom, and a greater sense of true wealth.
Class One – Monday, June 15
We start our journey exploring both the yogic and monastic paths to awakening – and how these are evolving to what we call the “planetary vehicle”. We need authentic and practical ways of doing the spiritual work in our daily life – at home, at work, and in our relationships. We get into most of our struggles interacting with others – so we begin by exploring communication that is clear and honest, loving and compassionate.
Class Two – Monday, June 22
For much of our days we don’t have the luxury to be sitting in meditation. Incorporating active practice into the rest of our day is as important as a daily sitting meditation. Active spiritual practice helps interrupt the painful patterns in your life and infuse yourself with peace and freedom without having to throw away all of your activities.
This week we’ll also explore the importance of training with experienced guides. Regular and consistent interaction with experienced practitioners fosters greater mindfulness in your engagement with both day-to-day activities and community building. This is called “dharma training,” or “the tuning fork principle:” increasing your awareness and effectiveness through mentorship.
Class Three – Monday, June 29
Challenge yourself to breakthrough! Undertaking regular and doable challenges in mindful ways opens your heart and mind to a greater sense of success. So many of our habits keep us in the same loops. The challenges rewire your brain and loosens many of your less helpful habits. Freedom is the result.
Class Four – Monday, July 6
Community is fundamental to growth. Unfolding into freedom, peace and love is not a solo event. We all need each other! Generative and sustainable community engagement is an essential element to a healthy and integrated spiritual path. When you support other practitioners, you feel a wonderful sense of being able to contribute, and gain insights into yourself that you couldn’t see alone.
Master Classes – Every Sunday
There are weekly Master Classes during this online course to support your deepening learning and practice, on the following dates at 3pm MST:
- Sun. June 21
- Sun. June 28
- Sun. July 5
- Sun. July 12
We encourage you to register and offer dana separately and uniquely for each of these Office Hours. You will receive details for how to attend each Master Class once you have registered for the Course
Flash Retreat – July 10-12
This Flash Retreat provides practitioners with a valuable opportunity to integrate and seal the learnings from the online course, in a format well suited for our contemporary lives.
We encourage you to attend this weekend retreat at Clear Sky Centre, or together with your local sangha, or if those not available to you, in your home.
Many students organize regional online sangha groups to support one another during the online courses and Flash Retreats. Also, check your inbox for support sessions organized by the Planet Dharma team.
Planet Dharma provides themes, meditations and guidelines to support Flash Retreat participants. You may also support your own unfoldment by attending the Master Class on Sunday, June 28.
Registration and Dana links for the Flash Retreat will be accessible to you when you register for the course.
Sangha power – consider organizing or joining regional in-person or online sangha groups to support one another during the online courses and Flash Retreats.