The Eight Worldly Winds and Equanimity
Each and every one of us tangles with the four groups of the Eight Worldly Winds, almost on a daily basis. The Eight Worldly Winds compel us toward craving and loathing at a deep level that can remain unexamined in the rush and flurry of our everyday existence. By noticing and then naming pleasure and pain, gain and loss, praise and blame, fame and disrepute, we can begin to disentangle from the compelling nature of the Eight Worldly Winds. Through the development of equanimity and the ability to ride the waves of the Eight Worldly Winds, we find freedom.
Format: This course will be taught in a real time and person-based format that is entirely online using the platform of Zoom. Students log into Zoom and come into a virtual classroom where everybody in the course is seen and heard on the tiled screen. Zoom allows for small group work and whole group discussion. Past VIMC courses have used Zoom and students have found it to be surprisingly intimate and engaging.
Texts: Weekly assignments and texts will be sent each week via email along with links to dharma talks and short video recordings with teachers from this tradition. Daily life application assignments will be foster discernment and equanimity.
Taught by: Jack Millett and Claire Stanley
Monday evenings, 6:30 – 8:00pm, from your home to our home
January 15, 2018 – February 19 (6 weeks)
Registration Fee: $36
Suggested Teacher Donation: $120