Dharma Talk: The Paramitas

with Rachel Nixon
Thursday, March 7, 6-8 p.m.
 
We are delighted to continue our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of the month. The evening includes meditation, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served.
 
Are you patient, disciplined, and generous in your day-to-day life? The six paramitas -- generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and wisdom -- are enlightened qualities of the heart. The Sanskrit word paramita means to cross over to the other shore. When we practice the paramitas in daily life, we cross over the sea of suffering and confusion to the shore of joy and awakening. We reconnect with our true nature and live with compassion. But, it's not always easy. We may notice our habitual tendencies and selfishness creeping in, and when we do, we can be gentle with ourselves and cultivate the paramitas.
 
In the winter of 2018-2019, Rachel spent seven weeks studying with Pema Chodron at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The theme of the retreat was the paramitas. In this dharma talk, Rachel will invite the group's exploration of these enlightened qualities of the heart. 
 
Everyone is welcome. 
 
Suggested donation: $15-20. 
 
Rachel Nixon was first introduced to the Shambhala teachings in 1999 through Pema Chodron's writings. Over the years, she has developed a personal meditation practice and trained at Shambhala Centers in Maine, Vermont, New York, Colorado, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. In 2015, Rachel helped to bring Shambhala programs to Rockland where she now coordinates and facilitates programs regularly. As the Director of Rockland Shambhala and a trained Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor, Rachel is committed to sharing the Shambhala teachings on Basic Goodness with the community. In addition to teaching, Rachel loves to sail, visit islands, swim, and go on adventures with her family.
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.