The pursuit of happiness is as significant as life itself, and liberty, as declared by the Declaration of Independence. So we are free as living beings to pursue happiness.
Are we optimizing our lives around happiness? When was the last time you felt truly happy? Are we able to create lasting happiness in our lives? Is happiness an emotion? Is there a more meaningful definition of happiness other than sense pleasures which are temporary? Why does clinging to sense pleasures lead to suffering instead of more happiness?
Buddhism describes the idea of “craving” as tanha, literally “thirst” in three forms. kama-tanha, or the thirst for sense pleasure, bhava-tanha or the thirst for existence and abhava-tanha, or the thirst for non-existence. None of these by themselves produce suffering or dukkha by themselves, but by clinging to any of these thirsts, one creates upadana or fuel for suffering. So if clinging to sense-pleasures creates suffering, then what is the recipe for lasting happiness?
Ram Dass has spent a lifetime making the deep wisdom of Eastern Spirituality accessible to those in the west, and this workshop focuses on specific teachings and techniques Ram Dass has learned with regards to understanding happiness. From specific meditation techniques, kirtan singing and studying scriptural works, Ram Dass has explored the depths of Eastern thought from Buddhism to Hinduism to bring back these teachings.
This is a free 2 hour workshop as part of a series to be held every fourth Sunday evening (once a month). This workshop will be led by Miko Matsumura RYT-200, Ram Dass Ambassador for SF and the South Bay and recent attendee of the Ram Dass week long retreat on Maui.Sign Up Online