"Perfect concentration on the heart, reveals the contents of the mind." ~ PYS 3.34

Lesson Plan and Resources for September 2017 at 1440 Multiversity

Sunday Night: Heart's Breath

Together we will locate the heart, begin to investigate her relationship with breath and practice Loving-kindness.

Please allow yourself some time to investigate your heart here.

Please allow yourself some time to investigate your breath here.

Monday Morning: OPen Handed Compassion

We look at how modern research and the sages understand habit.

We will continue the investigation of the breath and heart, increasing our sensitivity in our hands and touch the practice of Compassion.

Monday Afternoon: Tuning our Instruments of Perception

We will explore samyama through tuning our skills of dharana (steady attention), dhyana (wide open awareness) and samadhi (absorption) through refinement of our instruments of perception. 

You might explore how the eyes work and don't.

Tuesday Morning: Capacity for Loving Kindness

We will explore how our nervous system works to increase our capacity for an open flowing heart.

TUesday Afternoon: Listening Changes Everything

We will journey into our ears and mouth to understand the effect listening has on the internal realm.

Wednesday Morning: Compassionate Patience

Building on our skills we will explore Compassion in stillness and movement.

Wednesday Afternoon: Spacious Equanimity

With the nose as our main guide, we will follow our breath inward to where she is quiet.

THursday Morning: The Intimate FLow of the Heart

We will bravely dive into the practice of Tonglen.  You can read a description here

If you have become curious about the roots of these heart practices read Atisha's Lojong Root Verses for Training the Mind. You can read a brief description of the history of them here. Each one links to a short blog post describing the verse in greater detail as shared by my teacher, Jetsumna Tenzin Palmo.

THursday Afternoon: The Heart Knows What to Do

Building on our skills of sensitivity, Loving-kindness, and Compassion, we will take aim at our real life situations. 

THURSDAY MORNING: Next Indicated Action

Our practice and discussion will hone our courage and capacity to show up for what is next for us.

 

Other Resources:

If during our time together some maps and models of the subtle realm would help, here they are.

If helpful after our time together, use the free lessons in Season 1 of Heartful to assist with practice of the Loving-kindness technique.

If helpful after our time together, let Season 2 of Heartful assist with the Compassion Meditations.

If you want to practice Tonglen after our time together, these videos might help.

If you would like, please consider getting to know my dharma teacher, Jetsumna Tenzin Palmo.  From her page, you can link to audio and video recordings.  

If interested in exploring the topic of morality and how normal it is for us to lie to others and ourselves, dive into some of the resources here.