What to Bring: Please bring a journal and something to write with. Hot tea and water are provided. We have chairs and cushions for your comfort.
How wonderful you are in your being
I delight you are here
I take joy in your good fortune
May your happiness continue
-Longchen Rabjam (18th century)
At the heart of the teachings of the Brahma-viharas there is the invitation to radically transform the shape of our hearts through understanding. They teach us to live in this world fearlessly, how to be a true friend to ourselves and others and to cultivate a true refuge. We live busy lives, so busy we can’t slow down, we don’t appreciate what we have. What other way is there to live? How can we learn to slow down? How can we learn to appreciate this beauty of the world we live in?
The practice of Appreciative Joy relates to our capacity to celebrate, honor, and rejoice in the happiness and well-being of another. Joy tempers our tendencies to envy others, to compare ourselves to others in ways that we feel deprived or inadequate, and to come to know a selfless joy in the face of another’s happiness. Joy is the song of the awakened heart that becomes awake and present in our life, and brings meaning and intimacy to the fabric of our lives.
We will explore ways to evaluate our lives in the context of Joy:
- What is Joy?
- What blocks Joy?
- How do we cultivate Joy?
During this Workshop, Ray will to share with you teachings of the Buddha and practical tips that will help you think about your life and your friendships, and to really understand what brings you joy and happiness in order to reduce your distress, agitation and suffering. We will do guided meditations, journaling, small-sharing groups, wisdom sharing and a final gratitude meditation.
About Ray Manyoky
Ray began his Vipassana meditation practice in 2015 as a way to alleviate his depression and anxiety. Ray currently hosts the Frederick Dharma Book Club, is an IMCW Meditation Mentor, co-leads a Kalyana Metta group, and co-facilitates Jonathan Foust’s post-dharma talk Discussion Group. He regularly attends IMCW dharma talks and meditations led by Jonathan Foust, Tara Brach, and Adam Silcott. Ray is an alumni of Jonathan Foust’s The Year of Living Mindfully.
Ray has attended IMCW day long workshops taught by Tara, Jonathan, Hugh Byrne, Sharon Salzburg and Stan Eisenstein, and weeklong silent retreats at Bhavana Society. Ray is inspired by dharma teachers: Josh Korda, Jonathan Foust and Jill Shepherd. Ray will start a two year Meditation Teacher Program led by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield in 2019.