TUESDAY BOOK CLASS: The Lost Art of Good Conversation by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

with Patti Morgan

January 2nd—February 6th

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     Please come and join in the conversation!  No charge for this class, and you don't need to have a copy of the book. Donations are always appreciated.

    BOOK CLASS: Tuesday evenings we offer a class based on Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's newest book entitled THE LOST ART OF GOOD CONVERSATION. Facilitated by Ms. Patti Morgan, with guest conversationalists along the way, each week will consist of reading the short chapter together, followed by guided meditation instruction and self reflection,  and an opportunity to interact with a community member and engage one another in conversation. 
     The Sakyong writes: "I have written THE LOST ART OF GOOD CONVERSATION  as a guide to help us bring a little light to the current dark age. The point is to reconnect with the sun of goodness in our hearts and use speech to awaken naturally good qualities in ourselves and others. This approach is based on the path of the warrior, someone who is committed to helping others and who uses every day life activity to foster awakening. In this book there are guidelines on how to connect with people genuinely, and how not to be swayed by negative emotions.  This will bring dignity to our daily lives. If enough of us practice this, we will have a huge impact on the future of this planet."

    Weekly topics:
     January 9        Chapter 7:  Exchange Yourself for Others 
    "Conversation connects us to the world in a nearly tactile way. When we feel  connected to others through language and emotion,
     we discover that ' us' and 'them' are not so very different."
    January 16        Chapter 8:  Decorum
    " Decorum, or how we behave, is how we relate to others in a polite society. Decorum is related to a sense of ethics --how we manifest and conduct ourselves. For the warrior, decorum is based on gentleness, which involves overcoming aggression, showing strength,
     and being kind."
    January 23        Chapter 9:  Stay Awake
    " Laziness is the enemy of mindfulness. It means we aren't motivated to pronounce our words properly or to tell a good story. Mindfulness means listening to others, appreciating their words choices, and remembering what they have said."
    January 30th     Chapter 10:  Victory Over War
    "If we choose the warriorship over cowardice, feeling the kindness in our heart, any battle that might arise in a conversation is simply nullified before it begins."
    February 6          Chapter 11: Discipline Brings Joy
    "Joy and happiness are often confused with having fun; we think doing or saying whatever occurs to us is enjoyable. In reality, joy and happiness often come from having discipline. In general, having a positive, generous, and engaged attitude leads to feeling satisfied and content. "
    CANCELLED - no class on February 13        Chapter 12:  Meditate 
    " When we practice meditation, we strip away the words and come to an inexpressible experience of our own being that happens only when we let ourselves relax, feel who we are, and be there for it. "