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    Greg Goode and Tomas Sander will be teaching a class in New York, Saturday, January 16, 2010, entitled: Western Emptiness Teachings and Joyful Freedom The
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      Greg Goode and Tomas Sander will be teaching a
      class in New York, Saturday, January 16, 2010, entitled:

      Western Emptiness Teachings and Joyful Freedom

      The Mahayana emptiness teachings are considered
      key for attaining liberation from cyclic existence.
      Yet their difficulty has made them less intuitive
      than they might be. This class will offer insights
      from the Western tradition that can come to the
      assistance of the Western student. We will learn
      several Western emptiness meditations and experience
      how they can foster joy, lightness, compassion,
      and freedom.

      This class was presented in condensed form at the
      2009 Science and Nonduality Conference in San Rafael,
      California.

      This class is open to Buddhists, non-Buddhists, and
      anyone interested in the variety of non-dual approaches.

      To enroll:
      Pls send e-mail to: tomas_sander@...

      Location:
      Nalandabodhi New York
      324 West 23rd Street #2A
      New York, NY 10011
      Phone: 212-399-2193

      Schedule:
      Saturday, January 16
      9:30am - 5pm
      (bring your lunch or lunch money to order in)

      To enroll:
      Pls send e-mail to: tomas_sander@...

      For more information:
      http://tinyurl.com/ya6vghp

      Detailed Description:
      The Mahayana emptiness teachings are considered key
      for attaining liberation from cyclic existence. Yet
      these teachings have been notoriously hard to understand,
      and in practice not as deeply transformative as they
      could be.

      This class will present insights and reasonings from
      the Western philosophical tradition that can make
      the emptiness teachings much more intuitive to the
      Western student. These Western resources will be put
      to use in fresh new analytic meditations, and applied
      with the soteriological know-how of the East. The
      goal is the traditional one, to dismantle the false
      sense that the self and other phenomena exist
      inherently, i.e., in a non-empty way. The meditations
      are inspired by the work of writers such as Ludwig
      Wittgenstein, Thomas Kuhn, Jacques Derrida, and Kenneth
      Gergen.

      We will also cover the beautiful side to the
      emptiness teachings, which is an aspect very
      different from the analytical rigor they are
      sually known for. We will discover how studying
      emptiness leads to a joyful sense of freedom. As
      you meditate, the heavy, essentialist, absolutizing
      feelings basic to suffering melt away. Life becomes
      light, free, other-directed, and compassionate. You
      gain joy because you have lost the heaviness of
      absolutist demands and expectations about things.
      This joy frees you up for self-creation, openness
      towards others - and if you are so motivated - the
      creation of a better world.

      This one-day class will teach the skills needed for
      Western emptiness meditations, so that you will be
      able to practice effectively after the class.
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