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Happiness & Buddhism…Aug. 7th-9th @ Omega Institute!

This looks great! Learning more about compassion & appreciation is always fantastic…Randi B.

Discovering Happiness

What the Buddhists Teach

Many great Buddhist teachers, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, point out that happiness is the very purpose of life. But how to achieve that purpose has always been a big question. The classic teachings from Buddhism—putting others before ourself or transcending the ego—are easy to say but tough to do.

From the Buddhist point of view, the reason we’re unhappy is that we’re searching for happiness. This happiness is by definition the ego’s concept, and because it is not possible for the ego to be happy, our search is always frustrated. Happiness comes from realizing that we already have what we need in this moment. The very attempt to find happiness in the future, in some thing, or in trying to be someone other than who we are is itself what makes happiness so elusive.

In this third annual collaboration between Omega and Shambhala Sun magazine, four eminent Buddhist teachers lead us in an exploration that is as practical as it is profound. Through a blend of individual presentations, meditation practice, and question-and-answer sessions, we discover ways to help us find genuine and lasting happiness.

Those new to Buddhism and longtime practitioners alike are invited.

Gaylon Ferguson, PhD is the author of a Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With. He is a member of the core faculty at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and has led meditation retreats since 1976. His article, “Making Friends with Ourselves,” was selected for inclusion in The Best Buddhist Writing 2005. His essay “No Color, All Colors” appears in the book Mindful Politics.

Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. One of the nation’s leading meditation teachers and authors, she has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. She is the author of several books, the latest of which is The Kindness Handbook.sharonsalzberg.com

Barry Magid, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, is the dharma heir of Charlotte Joko Beck and the founder of the Ordinary Mind Zendo in New York City. The author of and Psychoanalysis and Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: A Zen Guide, Magid focuses on integration of psychotherapy and Zen. ordinarymind.com

Polly Young-Eisendrath, PhD, a Jungian psychoanalyst, is a clinical associate professor at the University of Vermont and a clinical supervisor at Norwich University. A longtime Buddhist practitioner, she is author of 14 books, including, The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident andCompassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance. young-eisendrath.com

Gaylon Ferguson
Barry Magid
Sharon Salzberg
Polly Young-Eisendrath


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One Response to “Happiness & Buddhism…Aug. 7th-9th @ Omega Institute!”

  1. 1Davidon 13 Jul 2009 at 8:10 am

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