Freeing ourselves from the cycle of ego suffering is a matter of seeing through the deceptions of our own internal psycho-physical habits, conditioned thought patterns, self-limiting beliefs, fears, and projections. We mistakenly take these habits to be who we are, and the result is a continuous cycle of frustration, dissatisfaction, and suffering. By practicing witnessing these habits of mind with self-compassion instead of judgment, relaxing our identification with them, it’s possible to discover the refreshing sense of space, relief, and well-being that are hallmarks our most essential nature.
In this course we’ll explore in a modern, practical, and experiential way, the colorful Buddhist psychology of ego, the false sense of self which is the cause of so much of our suffering. We’ll use traditional teachings as a map that we can use to navigate the realms of ego territory and find our way out of its confusion. Teachings will explore so-called positive and negative mental processes, ‘poisons’ and antidotes, psychological ‘realms’, and the constituents of ego itself. This course is a deep dive into our own psyches and finding our own inner resources to grow into new positive ways of being and relating.
Pre-requisites: This course builds on previously acquired skills and knowledge. It assumes experience in contemplative insight meditation and completion of at least 2 courses at the Committed Level (or equivalents). Students must have experience with the R.A.I.N. meditative technique for inner work on emotions and beliefs. Completion of the courses Radical Self-Acceptance or Freedom from Unconscious Beliefs is strongly recommended.
You guys are serious and laid back at the same time which I really like. I feel that you have acquired real wisdom and experience in the areas that you teach, but I love how you really do “meet people where they are”.Past Course Participant
Walking the path under the guidance of Scott and Nancy has transformed my life. I now live it from a place of love, joy, compassion, and peace. When inevitable turmoil happens, it’s transient and I can move through it. I’m no longer whip-sawed around. Each day feels enveloped in gratitude and I feel held by a loving presence.N. C., Physical Therapist
The talks on loving kindness were a beautiful blend of wisdom, love, science addressing the challenge of our common reality.D. L., Past course participant