The Six Realms: Styles of Imprisonment or Modes of Liberation, with Mark Finn, PhD, and Ryushin Sensei
|January 10, 2014||to||January 12, 2014|
Each of us has specific ways of dealing with reality, of maintaining a sense of self-continuity that distracts us from recognizing and identifying with impermanence. We all have invested in and cultivated a style of confusion that binds us; a strategy for perpetuating habitual patterns of thought and behavior that reify the ego, even as we practice to realize its intrinsic emptiness.
In the teachings of Buddhism, the six realms of the Wheel of Life represent the territories of samsara, inhabited by beings driven incessantly by greed, anger, and confusion: gods with their indulgence and pride, jealous and competitive titans, passionate humans, instinct-driven animals, hungry ghosts in an unquenchable thirst, and enraged hell-dwellers.
These realms exist as emotionally charged states of mind that color our experience, including our approach to spiritual practice. The strong emotions that form the undercurrent of our lives and periodically overwhelm us with their intensity are some of the more challenging dimensions of the self we need to clarify. As human beings, we are constantly creating worlds: civilizations, religions, families, relationships, and moods. Our world creating goes on all the time, inside and outside. Every night we effortlessly fashion new worlds in our dreams.
In this retreat, we will look at how the six realms manifest in our appreciation of the path and how they appear in our practice of zazen and in our dreams. We will work on our dreams as a group, giving us an opportunity to attend to the process of creating the realms within us and between us.
About the Instructors: Mark Finn, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. He has been active in the conversation between Buddhism and psychotherapy for many years, publishing and presenting widely in this area. He is especially interested in the spiritual biographies of the Tibetan Karma Kagyu gurus and the relevance of their stories to our lives. He works in private practice in White Plains, New York, and Manhattan. Ryushin Sensei received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 2009. He is the abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. He began studying with Daido Roshi in 1987 and entered residency in 1992. Before becoming a resident, he worked as a pediatrician and a psychiatrist.
Cost: $350 (MRO Students: $250)
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The Six Realms, with Mark Finn & Ryushin Sensei
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