Let’s Talk About Love: Understanding, Realizing, and Practicing Loving

Northeast USA  

March 27, 2013

The Interdependence Project

Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.

Teachers: Kimberly Brown, Kate Johnson, and Lawrence Grecco

“Love” is an idea that commands a lot of attention and energy from both individuals and society. We’re constantly bombarded with images and messages about love wherever we turn

Note: This series began 2/27/13.

– it’s sung about in music, written about in literature, and acted out in movies. Most of us crave it, but few of us can even adequately define it. Its presence in our lives can be transcendent at best or paralyzing at worst. Yet despite the roller coaster of emotions it inspires, we go to great lengths to invite it into our lives and keep it there as long as possible.

For most of us, understanding what love actually is can be quite confusing, causing us to label and categorize: “romantic love,” “brotherly & sisterly love,” “unconditional love.” Yet when we approach love in such a narrow way, we create a false hierarchy of love that is limited and conditional.

This series will explore the subject of love in all of its various guises and forms, especially from a Buddhist viewpoint. To understand what it means to truly love and be loved is a critical aspect of transforming our relationships with ourselves, our families, our romantic partners, and the world around us.

This course is available as part of our Home Study Program. For more information, visit www.theidproject.org.

The Interdependence Project
302 Bowery, NYC, Middle Buzzer

2/27 — What is Love? – Kim & Kate. We’ll look at the meaning and experience of loving, and the various forms of love.

3/6 – Where do I find Love?  – Kate & Lawrence. Many of us are looking outside of ourselves for love, and feel frustrated and disappointed when we don’t feel it.  Discover where to find true love, and learn how to cultivate it toward yourself.

3/13 – Let’s Fall in Love – Lawrence & Kate. We’ll discuss the qualities necessary to create a good romantic partnership and how to avoid the pitfalls of desire and selfish attachment.

3/20 – Creating a Circle of Love – Kim & Lawrence. Our friends and family can be difficult to love and frustrating to understand, yet these relationships are the most important to our health and well-being.

3/27 – Beloved Community – Kate & Kim. The highest form of love is that which transcends possessiveness and conditions and embraces everyone.   Learn how love can transform society and how love is necessary to create social justice and an equitable world.

Recommended Reading

Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving
Byron Katie, Loving What Is
Buddha, Karaniya Metta Sutta
John Welwood, Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships
Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness

This is a drop-in event, and advance registration is not necessary. We’re offering it on a donation basis and ask each participant to contribute $10 to $20 to support our teachers and other initiatives offered by The Interdependence Project. You can also register online for either the whole series or a single class. Thank you!