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In Buddhist teachings, the root of everything is the mind:  all happiness and all suffering arise from the mind.  No amount of massaging our external circumstances will lead to lasting happiness, and no amount of avoiding unpleasant situations will shield us from suffering.   Happiness and suffering are states of mind, therefore their causes are found within the mind.  If we train gently and consistently in the cultivation of love, compassion, acceptance, patience, forgiveness, and so forth–these helpful states of mind will lead to lasting happiness, even in the midst of difficult situations.   If we are slaves to habitual anger, criticism, blame, jealousy and so forth–these unhelpful states of mind will lead to suffering, even in midst of great material advantage.   Come and join us to learn how “mind is king.”

This class is part of a series of one-hour teachings given by Khenpo Karten Rinpoche based on his booklet “Heartfelt Advice of Dharma Nectar.”  The series will follow Saturday meditation sessions and serve as drop-in courses for anyone interested in practical ways to apply Dharma teachings to busy western life.  No registration required.   Suggested donation of $10.00, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  We hope you join us!

Questions, contact:  Rachel Christopherson, rachelMDC2016@gmail.com or 831-901-3156.

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