Courses

 

There are courses, which are meetings of a few hours usually once every week or every two weeks, either in Tel Aviv or in Clil, which combine practice and learning.

Life Issues as Doorways to Liberation

A One Year Dharma Course in Clil

Dr. Stephen Fulder, Founder and Senior Teacher of Tovana

 

  • The meetings will be from 5.00 -9.00 pm on Mondays, every two weeks.   Starting 26/10/2015 and ending in July 2016.

 

Background

Our life is often dominated by issues, events and life stages, and these tend to be the things that we give most attention to, usually because they are difficult times that require coping and struggle. Examples include personal and group conflict, work, choices, death and dying, family relationships, diet and lifestyle, our dominant anxieties, ecology, ageing, gender issues, social action, religion, and belief systems. They are challenging because they push us beyond our habits and question our comfort zone and our need for ‘business as usual’, but in the same way they are invitations to look at our life out of the box. In this course we will examine these issues as openings to a more profound life, to insight and to liberation. We will learn the dharma, the Buddhist spiritual teachings, through these real life examples, and at the same time discover a liberating view of our life: ‘not as a problem to be solved but as a mystery to be lived’. Some examples might include:

  • Reducing fears and obsessions  in relation to death by ‘getting our dying done early’.

  • Developing intuition by exploring how we make choices

  • The role of Meditation in mind-body health and healthy lifestyle

  • The wisdom of ageing as the wisdom of surrendering to change

  • Meeting our archetypes though common gender issues.

  • Meeting our mind and heart in conflict can also reveal the mind of peace

Who Can Join the Course

 

This course is only for those with some previous experience in the dharma. It is open to anyone that has already participated in a one year course at Cabri or Clil with Stephen. New participants should have sat at least one silent meditation retreat or a course in Mindfulness meditation.

 

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  • The meetings will be from 5.00 -9.00 pm on Mondays, every two weeks.   Starting 26/10/2015 and ending in July 2016.

 

  • The meetings will be at Mashiv Nefesh in Clil. For directions see:  www.mnclil.wordpress.com

 

  • There will be a registration fee of 400 shekels that will pay for the hall and refreshments  and other expenses for the whole year course.

 

  • Support for the teaching is given on a dana basis, that is on the basis of mutual generosity.

 

  • To register:  Ruthi at: rutti.lib@gmail.com

 

  • Those that wish to join an 8 week introductory course in mindfulness meditation, which will also be in Clil, starting end of September, should contact Tagrid, who will be teaching the course: tagridmussa@gmail.com

Dharma depth course on the subject of the Paramis

Starting Tuesday, April 14th 2015 17:30 to 21:30

 

 

Enlightened qualities that help us navigate across the stormy seas

 

11 weekly sessions in Tel Aviv  and one weekend in Clil

The Four Noble Truths in Daily Life as Ground of Transformation

The Four Noble Truths, or the truths that make us noble, are the essence and foundation stone of the whole of the Buddhist teaching. They are the basis for practice towards liberation, and relevant as much to daily life situations as to formal spiritual or meditative practice. The first is the universal experience of dissatisfaction, the second the clinging that causes it, the third is the possibility of awakening, and fourth the path of liberation. In this course we will look at each one in depth, over several meetings, using examples from our daily life experiences. This will allow us to explore the obvious aspects, such as bodily and emotional pain for the first and sense of inner freedom for the third, and also the subtle aspects, such as the background sense of lack of peace (‘samsara’) for the first and the sublime nature of awakening (‘nibbana’) for the third. The course will include guided meditation practice, talks, exercises, inquiry and discussion, as well as reading and keeping a journal. A few examples of the topics: how our attitude to pain and difficulty can be radically changed and bring relief; how to recognise and appreciate moments of daily life awakening; letting go of difficult memories, patterns and habits; emotional pain as raw material for insight; ordinary magic; being the master of speech, thought and action, not their slave; relationships as a field for transformation; allowing things to be what they are; how to  surrender into  the ocean and not drown. 

 

Who Can Join the Course?

 

This course is only for those with some previous experience in the dharma. It is opento anyone that has already participated in a one year course at Cabri or Clil with Stephen. New participants should have sat a meditation retreat and been involved inthe dharma for years.

 

1. The meetings will be from 5.00 -9.00 pm on Mondays, approximately everytwo weeks.

 

2.Starting 20/10/2014 and ending in July 2015

 

The meetings will be at Mashiv Nefesh in Clil. For directions see: www.mnclil.wordpress.com

 

3. There will be a registration fee of 400 shekels that will pay for the hall andrefreshments and other expenses for the whole year course.

 

4. Support for the teaching is given on a dana basis, that is on the basis of mutual generosity.

 

5. To register: rutti.lib@gmail.com

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