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SEDONA YOGA FESTIVAL 2019 SESSIONS LIST
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Friday, March 15
 

2:00pm

Working with Difficult Emotions
Limited Capacity seats available

Everyone has had the experience of feeling controlled by strong emotions, which can lead to further difficulties. How can we learn to work with the wisdom inherent in these emotions without letting them do harm to ourselves or others? If we consider our own experience, we usually realize that trying to "control" our emotions doesn't help in the long run, nor does acting out based on them. In Vajrayana Buddhism it is said that emotions have the co-emergent properties of both wisdom and confusion. How can we learn to separate them so that we are using the wisdom without acting out the confusion? This session will give practice with several contemplative practices from Buddhist traditions to help us learn to work with our emotions skillfully. We don't need to demonize our difficult emotions, nor do we need to be controlled by them. The practices offered are powerful, and range in difficulty (over and above the inherent difficulty of trying to learn new emotional habits), but there should be something for everyone. Warning: These practices put us into direct contact with difficult and unresolved emotions, and this will not be the right space for helping people to cope with what may arise. If you may need more support than you can give yourself, please make a plan for that.

Presenters
avatar for Douglas Cheolseong Gentile

Douglas Cheolseong Gentile

Five Mountain Zen
Ven. Douglas Cheolsoeng Gentile, Ph.D., is an ordained Zen monk in the Five Mountain Zen Order and is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University. In his research career, he has authored over 100 peer-reviewed... Read More →


Friday March 15, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Classroom D124
 
Saturday, March 16
 

4:30pm

The Zen of....ummm.....actual Zen
Limited Capacity seats available

What is Zen? A Google search starting with "The Zen of" yields these top suggestions: "screaming," "python" (a computer language), and "social media marketing"). I don't think any of those are what the Buddha had in mind. Zen, as a school of Buddhism, has a long and rich history, but all of it points to one thing. What is this one thing? (Hint: it's not just pretending to be calm.) Zen is funny. Shunryu Suzuki famously said that he could explain Zen in two words: "Not always so." We will discuss a little of the history and practices, with opportunities to experience some of them for yourself. In this interactive session, you will have time to ask any question you like about Zen Buddhist practice.

Presenters
avatar for Douglas Cheolseong Gentile

Douglas Cheolseong Gentile

Five Mountain Zen
Ven. Douglas Cheolsoeng Gentile, Ph.D., is an ordained Zen monk in the Five Mountain Zen Order and is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University. In his research career, he has authored over 100 peer-reviewed... Read More →


Saturday March 16, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Classroom D124
 


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