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September
Karuna – Compassion
Seminar 09/08
Workshop 09/29
October
Dana – Generosity
Seminar 10/13
Workshop 10/20
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Sila – Virtue
Seminar 11/10
Workshop 11/17
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Nekkhama – Renunciation
Seminar 12/04
Workshop 12/08
January
Panna – Wisdom
Seminar 01/12
Workshop 01/19
February
Virya – Energy
Seminar 02/02
Workshop 02/09
March
Khanta – Patience
Seminar 03/08
Workshop 03/15
April
Sacca – Truth
Seminar 04/09
Workshop 04/12
May
Aditthana – Resolve
Seminar 05/03
Workshop 05/10
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Metta – Lovingkindness
Seminar 05/31
Workshop 06/07
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Upekkha – Equanimity
Seminar 06/28
Workshop 07/12
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March

VIRYA – ENERGY
Seminar date: 02/02/2024
Workshop date: 02/09/2024

“The characteristic of vigor is strengthening and support. As an old house stands when strengthened by new pillars, so, when strengthened by vigor, wholesome states do not fall away or deteriorate.”

CLASS RECORDINGS

TO DO BEFORE MARCH CLASS:
– Practice regularly with paramita of the month: Virya / Energy (See suggested exercise below)
– Continue with service work
– Meet with your buddy
– Meet with your small group
– Have a Mentor Interview if you are scheduled here
– Writing assignments for this month are:
1) Dharma Story Reflection: Angulimala
2) Action-Reflection Paper #3
– Read the February workshop follow-up articles posted below
– Read at least 100 pages from the Book of the Month. See reading schedule here.

READ

VIRYA / ENERGY
The Perfection of Energy

RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL COMPETENCE & HUMILITY
America’s Changing Religious Landscape
Caring for Patients from Different Cultures

SELF-COMPASSION
The Science of Self-Compassion
Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem
Self-Compassion Phrases

SELF-CARE & BUILDING RESILIENCE
Caregivers’ Bill of Rights
Caregivers’ Self-Care Manifesto
Resilience and Professional Chaplaincy
Getting Real About Exhaustion
Self-Care for the Hospice Professional
Compassion Fatigue
Caring for Others Without Forgetting Self
Metta for Caregivers
A Case for Peer Consultation Groups

WORKSHEETS
The Seven R’s Self-Care Worksheet

DHARMA STORY
Angulimala

SUGGESTED DHARMA PRACTICE

Practicing with Virya this month, pay attention to the ways in which your energy ebbs and flows. What situations, activities or people energize you? And which ones deplete you?

Often the ways in which we engage a particular activity can be more or less energetic depending on our level of engagement. Identify one simple everyday routine activity, and carry it out completely, with your full and undivided attention. Does anything start to change about the experience of this activity as you engage it in this way? How would you describe the quality of your energy in relation to this activity?

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