Classes, Lectures & Conferences, Social Good, Virtual
It is possible to untangle yourself from one of the most painful and confounding of human experiences: attachment to views and opinions. In one of his well-loved discourses, the Buddha concludes his teaching by describing non-fixation on views as the very means by which beings become enlightened.
“By not holding to fixed views,
the pure hearted one, having clarity of vision,
being freed from all sense desire,
is not born again into this world.”
This program will be held online via Zoom, on Wednesday evenings from October 26 – December 7. All registrants will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email. Time is ET.
Together we will explore the teachings on attachment to, and liberation from, our fixed views and beliefs. We will practice recognizing how we get caught in our own preferences and see that it is practical and possible to let go while remaining energized and engaged with the world.
This practice group is open to all levels of experience, both new and experienced meditators, yet is not for the faint of heart; bold practitioners who are willing to trade the security of conviction and the energy of righteousness for the freedom of non-clinging will have the great opportunity to hear dhamma talks, receive meditation instruction, undertake daily-life practices, and find community with other courageous dharma-farers.
All this just in time for election season when the mind can get particularly tight!
Please join us in study, in laughter, and in sincere trial and error, as we explore some of the Buddha’s most confrontational – and liberating – teachings on freeing the heart.
Everyone is welcome. Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program.
Matthew Hepburn is a teacher of the dharma with extensive training and a passion for getting real about what it means to live well. He began offering meditation instruction in 2012 in schools, in prisons and here at CIMC. Today he teaches mindfulness, early Buddhist wisdom, and secular contemplative practices at meditation centers in New England and across North America, including at silent retreat centers such as the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and by developing content for broad audiences at Ten Percent Happier.