Crises, surprises, and the “Emotional Rollercoaster”

Zen teacher John Tarrant, along with Polly Young-Eisendrath and Anyen Rinpoche, will be leading”Getting Off the Emotional Rollercoaster,” this summer’s weekend program co-presented by the Shambhala Sun Foundation at Omega Institute. These are wonderful teachers and so we’re sharing pieces from each of them here on SunSpace. For example, here’s a helpful article by John on handling life’s crises and surprises. It would, in fact, be a pity to waste a good crisis, he says:

The beginning of being fine is noticing how things really are, and in my case this comes from having a practice, from meditating, from noticing life without blame or outrage, or fear, and if there is blame, outrage, or fear, noticing that without blame, outrage, or fear. With such noticing, compassion enters.

The “Getting Off the Emotional Rollercoaster” program will run from July 19 to 21 at Omega’s Rhinebeck, NY campus and will explore emotions and how to work with them in everyday life. During the weekend, participants will learn to cultivate a sense of calm and spaciousness, make friends with negative emotions, transform the inner dialogue that accompanies them, and apply helpful Buddhist techniques to deal with them on the spot.

The retreat combines presentations, meditation, and discussion, and draws on the wisdom of three major Buddhist traditions: Vipassana, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism. The program is open to both experienced Buddhist practitioners and those who are new to Buddhism. For more information, and to register, click here.

See also:Anger and the Emotional Rollercoaster”