Dharma Explorations

Series of teachings involving mindfulness, buddhist practices and traditions, inclusive of all levels and open to everyone. Teachings are held the first and third Tuesdays of every month, and we have three series a year.

Upcoming Series

Connecting Emotionally With Oneself and Others: Mindfulness and compassion in daily life.

First and Third Tuesdays 7:00- 8:30 June 1 to August 17

A secular approach to exploring how mindfulness and compassion practice can be in deep support of learning more about oneself and improve relating to others.  In accord with emotional intelligence theory, the course focuses upon the internal processes of self-awareness and self-regulation.  This understanding allows us to apply our knowledge to our social awareness and relationship skills – an excellent course for anyone seeking to add to both their personal and/or professional toolbox.  It offers us ways to freshen our sense of ourselves, skills in interrupting dysfunctional patterns of communication, and deepening our rewarding connections with others.

The course is a commitment to anyone seeking a better understanding of ourselves and how we relate to others.  For those who complete full attendance and submit an evaluation of the course, a certificte for 9 CEU (Social Work) will be offered.

Current Series

Engaging the Deeds of the Bodhisattva

First and Third Tuesdays, January 19- May 18, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm CST

Our focus is one of the most beloved text-teachings of India and Tibet training in the compassionate endeavor of a Bodhisattva, from which HH the Dalai Lama once said he learned everything he needed. Shantideva’s famous text moves takes us step by step through training in the compassionate endeavors of a Bodhisattva–on how to be and act from the heart of compassion in every part of life (Bodhisattvacaryavatara). It’s an outstanding introduction to the transformative power of practice and essential for practitioners of every level! 

In keeping with Dawn Mountain’s vision of brining traditional sources to modern experience, we will also dialogue together on how this venerable 8th century Indian text still inspires as we translate it into our modern world of zoom, googling, and the stresses of modern life.