The Buddha's attendant, Ananda, once remarked, "Half of the spiritual life is noble friends: companionship with the good, association with the good." To which, the Buddha responded, "Do not say so, Ananda. It is the whole of spiritual life."
In an era of social networks and cheapening friendships, how do we recognize and cultivate deeper connections? What exactly is noble and how do we cultivate that degree of friendship? On the path of inner transformation, how is our resiliency supported by a web of relationships, such that Buddha would call it the whole of the spiritual life? How do we distinguish between connections, relationships, and affinities?
Join us for a 2-week pod, from October 10-24, dedicated to cultivating these four virtues with two Buddhist monks -- Jin-Chuan Shi and Jin-Wei Shi from DRBU! Each day will include "head" readings and videos, "hands" practices, and "heart" reflections. In addition to the orientation and final call, we will have optional calls with guided meditations and discussions for those who want to dive deeper.
If you're unfamiliar with ServiceSpace Pod Process, it comes alive at the intersection of three intersecting spheres: (a) inspiring content: the Pod will feature uniquely curated readings, practices, and case studies around our theme; (b) many-to-many context: an innovative and non-commercial Pod Technology enables a multi-dimensional container to weave the whole beyond the sum of its parts; (c) skillful anchoring: volunteers holding this pod are well versed in the art of 'laddership'.
If you are moved to explore these questions in such a context, with like-hearted friends from around the globe, we invite you to join this co-creative circle!
Sunday, October 10th: Orientation Call
Time: 120 minutes (Oct 10th, 2021, 8:00AM PST)
With monastic guest speakers, we will open our shared space with insights into noble friendship, and get to know each other, and offer a brief orientation about the online platform and process.
||October 11-16: Cultivating the Field
Every day there will be prompts for you to complete on your own daily timing: a “head” article or video, a “hands” practice, and a “heart” reflection. We encourage you to do the reading in the morning (ideally), the practice throughout the day, and then record your reflections and read those shared by others at night. Only those who complete the daily practice and enter reflections will receive the following day's prompt/practice.
Time: 60-120 minutes a day, self-directed and self-timed.
||Sunday, October 17: Call on 'Deepening The Field'
We will start with some reflections from participants, followed by a brief talk by monastics and Q&A.
Time: 90 minutes (Oct 17th, 2021, 8:00AM PST)
||October 18-23: Considering Emergence
Similar to Days 1-6, but with new articles, videos, and practices to enhance our experience.
Time: 90-120 minutes a day, self-directed and self-timed.
||Sunday, October 24: Carrying Forward Noble Friendships
A virtual gathering to consolidate the 14-day gong. This workshop is open to those who have finished all the prompts from Days 1-13.
Time: 120 minutes (Oct 24, 2021, 8:00AM PST) -- via Zoom
To join, simply fill out the form below. If the circle hosts have the capacity to include you, you will receive a welcome email with your login information and next steps -- as we get closer to the start date.
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