Thursday Evenings, January 7, 14, 21, 28, 7:30 to 9pm
We will be exploring the brahma viharas, or divine abodes, on Thursday evenings in January. These are four states of heart and mind that the Buddha encouraged us to develop: unconditional kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), appreciative joy (mudita) and equanimity (upekkha). Each week we will learn the meditation practice associated with one of these and reflect on that state in our own life, its benefits, and the obstacles. We will also learn what mind/heart states masquerade as the divine abodes and how to notice them.
Anushka Fernandopulle has trained in meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition for over 20 years in monasteries in Sri Lanka and India as well as in urban US settings. She teaches dharma groups and meditation retreats around the country. Anushka also works as a leadership/life coach, facilitator and consultant. Her work is informed by a B.A. in social anthropology/religion from Harvard University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. More about her dharma teaching can be found at www.anushkaf.org