THE SCHOOL OF THE WISDOM
Get together online for two weeks
The School of the Wisdom takes place online for 3 days a week. Each 2-hour session will include a small break.
Dates are: Tue 17, Wed 18 Thu 19 and Tue 24, Wed 25, Thu 26 of November 2020
The mind in its natural state is as clear and pristine as the waters of a high mountain pond. Human beings at their present stage of development forget very easily about that quality of their own mind at an early age and spend most of their life searching for that level of clarity and understanding outside of themselves which creates tremendous fogginess, frustration, and a never-ending sense of unhappiness.
The Satipatthana Sutta, known as a secure path to awakening, is about the cultivation of awareness in four stages, better known nowadays as mindfulness. I name these four stages as:
- The Bloom of the Present Moment - (discernment)
- Exploring the Roots of Suffering - (desirelessness)
- The Role of Attention and Intention in Self-Regulation - (good conduct)
- From Anger to Compassion: The Alchemical Effect of Assertive Behavior – (love)
Today mindfulness is broadly accepted as an effective method to reduce stress, pain, and the effects of burn-out. Mindfulness implies observing our thoughts, feelings and sensations as they are, in a non-judgmental manner, without reacting to or trying to change them. We are thus more aware of the current moment. This impartial observing helps the busy mind that feeds the ego to calm down, to stop interfering, allowing the quiet Mind to shine through making us aware of our own intrinsic beauty and potential.
The goal of this two-week program is to provide participants the knowledge and skills necessary to apply mindfulness meditation principles and practices in their own life and in the life of those around them.
Fernando A. de Torrijos is former director of Mindfulness Programs in Psychiatry and Senior Teacher at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. From 1995 to 2003 he worked at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, as clinic director and mindfulness-based stress reduction cross-cultural specialist serving the more vulnerable population of central Massachusetts. Since 2000 he has conducted Mindfulness-Based Intervention (MBI) trainings for health professional and educators in 14 different countries. He joined the Theosophical Society in 1977. He has been a life-long student and teacher of the sacred and contemplative traditions of humanity.