The Skillful and Unskillful Use of Identity(ies): How the Buddha’s Teachings on Conceit and Views Support Skillful Engagement and Freedom in our Lives Today
Saturday, November 23rd, 9:30-4:00pm

Led by Mark Nunberg, Shelly Graf, Wynn Fricke, and Gabe Keller Flores

The Buddha says that any position one takes including being attached to not having any fixed views is “a thicket of views, a wilderness of views, a contortion of views, a writhing of views, a fetter of views. It is accompanied by suffering... and does not lead to disenchantment, dispassion, cessation; to calm, direct knowledge, full Awakening…”

In this daylong workshop we will reflect together how necessary and unavoidable it is to use identity to illuminate the social dynamics of our lives, and at the same time how easy it is to become attached and confused by identity, taking it to be more than what it is. The same is true in terms of how the mind relates to any views. There is no way to function in the world without views about this and that. The relevant question is how one can use views without the suffering that comes with attachment.

The Living the Practice Workshop Series is designed for people who have an ongoing mindfulness practice and want to integrate the practice more thoroughly into all aspects of life. These workshops will include talks about the Buddha's teachings related to specific topics, time for guided reflection, small and large group sharing and process work, and guided meditation periods. The lunch break will include time for informal discussion and social time.
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