Friday Dharma Class

Fridays offer various teacher-led and peer-led classes throughout the year. We meet at a sangha member’s home in Capitola.

September 1, 8, 15 and 22 will be Drop-in Peer-led Meditation Sessions, 10:00-11:15 AM
Fall Class Starts September 29 with Carla Brennan. See below.

FRIDAY TEACHER-LED FALL 2017 – Starts Friday, September 29
“Finding Joy In Our Crazy, Heart-Breaking World”
10 week class, 10:00-12:30 Capitola
Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 6, 10, 17, Dec. 8, 15
Teacher: Carla Brennan

“We create most of our suffering, so it should be logical that we also have the ability to create more joy. It simply depends on the attitudes, the perspectives, and the reactions we bring to situations and to our relationships with other people. When it comes to personal happiness there is a lot that we as individuals can do.”
― Dalai Lama XIV, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

“Discovering more joy does not, save us from the inevitability of hardship and heartbreak. In fact, we may cry more easily, but we will laugh more easily too. Perhaps we are just more alive. Yet as we discover more joy, we can face suffering in a way that ennobles rather than embitters. We have hardship without becoming hard. We have heartbreaks without being broken.”
― Desmond Tutu, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Registration is Required. Space is limited. Please only register if you can attend at least 7 of the 10 sessions. Email Bruce Abt:

True joy is not just an incidental pleasant feeling but is one of the seven factors of awakening in Buddhism. What exactly is joy and how do we nurture it?

This class is a follow-up to our January bodhisattva class. (You don’t have to have attended that class to sign-up for this one.) We will learn about the necessary role of joy from two modern-day living bodhisattvas, the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. We will explore their wisdom on how joy helps us face life’s uncertainties, difficulties and pain and how joy is part of the Bodhisattva path.

We will be reading, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness In A Changing World. Although many of the lessons in the book will be familiar teachings, this book offers an inspiring reminder of our inner potential and the authentic fruition of our spiritual path. There are practice suggestions at at the end of the book and we will integrate these into the class and our practice at home. Supplemental material may be added as needed.

Even under ordinary circumstances, joy can seem elusive. But with the daily onslaught of images and stories of wars, bigotry, violence, and natural disasters, joy can seem impossible, insensitive, even ill-advised. However, according to the Dalai Lama and Bishop Tutu, in order to find true meaning in your life and to have the strength to help others we need a stable foundation of joy. Joy brings depth, energy, caring and connection into our lives.

By donation. No fee is charged. There is a suggestive sliding scale of $150-$250 for the 10-weeks. This amount also includes a donation to Roberta. You will need to have a copy of the book. There is scholarship money available for book purchases.