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Building Mindfulness: Meditation for Beginners with John Blackburn
August 4, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mindfulness is the acceptance of our experience without judgment. In the absence of judgment, we can see ourselves, others, and experiences more clearly. As a result, we can find well-being in our daily life. From a position of greater mindfulness, we can build compassion for ourselves and others.
John has designed this course for beginners but anyone wanting to refresh their understanding is welcome. Each class includes lecture, meditation practice, and time for questions. Although these practices come from Buddhist traditions, they are secular in nature, so this course is appropriate for people of any, or no, spiritual tradition.
John will provide suggested reading material prior to the start of the series. Please register early so you have time to review this material.
Please note that drop-ins will not be accepted after the first class.
There is a suggested donation of $60. This is a suggested donation and participants are free to give more or less, depending on their circumstances.
John Blackburn, Ph.D., has been practicing meditation for over forty years. He has studied with teachers in several traditions including Zen and Vipassana (Insight). He is Chairman of the Board of the Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring City, NC. John leads a local sitting group at the Knoxville Community of Mindfulness. He also serves as a hospice volunteer.