Introduction To Shadow Work For Dharma Practitioners - Buddhism, Zen and Spiritual Bypassing
Led By Jogen Salzberg
Feb 22nd, March 1st and 8th
Tuesday Evenings 6- 7:30 PT/ 9- 10:30 ET
This about liberation from shame, religious perfomitivity, anti-body and anti-expressive notions of practice that sometimes subtly and sometimes glaringly have infected our outlook and approach to the vibrant potential of contemplative practice.
This is about exposing and shedding prejudices and beliefs that limit our seeing and supporting each other on the path.
This is about working with emotions and attitudes that are ‘off-the radar’ of our meditation practices - the things we don’t see about ourselves that are alienating or even dangerous to the well being of others.
This course is for anyone interested in ‘widening the altar’- bringing the whole range of who and what you are onto the path.
The topics that will be covered in this 3 class introduction:
Discerning internalized, unhelpful spiritual ideals (‘this is how a practitioner should be’ )
Exploring ways we might perform being a dharma practitioner that are dissonant with an authentic embodiment of practice.
Spiritual Bypassing- what it is, why most of us will do it at some time in our practice, how to work with it.
Directly exploring marginalized parts of ourselves that have become disowned
Parts work with the Five Hindrances, the kleshas, and voices such as ‘It Doesn’t Matter’, ‘I’m too_____ ‘, ‘Comfort Sponge’, ‘Maintainer of the Status Quo’, ‘The Knower’ and more.
Meditation practices are deep medicine to clear away identification with and hold in spaciousness limiting experiences about who we are: “ I am my thoughts, I am my body, I am my feelings…” With devoted practice even “ I am “ is seen in a whole new light.
Still, meditation practices may leave ‘embedded’ views, beliefs and prejudices untouched by our insights. Sometimes it seems to effect change one-sidedly, our emotional-somatic being left out of the process of transformation. More on shadow work here.
Suggested Donation $45 - 90