Bhāvanā Learning Group honors the Buddhist psychology that instills our mission to bring wisdom to learning.

Our Concern for and Commitment to Foundations of Buddhist Psychology

Definition.

Buddhist psychology is concerned with investigating the relationship between ego-clinging and suffering, and impermanence and liberation. 

We employ study, contemplative practice, and analytical meditation to discover afflictions and cultivate an interdependent awareness for inquiry into the nature of reality and self.  

Commitment.

To discern and prevent “opportunistic or reductionist views” of the dharma, we affirm our commitment to the ethical and educational foundations of these practices, following these tenets:

  1. Experience. Our practitioners study for a minimum of 3 years at schools of Buddhism rooted in the ethical foundations.
  2. View. Our practitioners honor an interdependent, impermanent, and complex view of reality.
  3. Learning. Our work honors the Three Gems: the Buddha (as an example or teacher) Dharma (as teachings, path or truth of reality), and Sangha, (as companions on the path).
  4. Self. Our practices bring awareness to the ignorance and clinging that views self as separate, solid, and fixed to cultivate self as fluid, impermanent, and interdependent.
  5. Dharma. Our teachings stem from the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path with practices rooted in maitrī or mettā (loving-kindness), karuṇā (compassion), dāna (gratitude and generosity), sīla (moral discipline), and prajñā (insight).
  6. Services. We offer contemplative learning, meditation awareness, and mindfulness methods rooted in Buddhist psychology and wisdom to support meditation and post-meditation practices.

Many of our programs include a practitioner who has taken their refuge vow and is practicing the dharma as a gift to our community.

When we hear a Dharma talk or study a sutra, our only job is to remain open. Usually, when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas.

If it is the same, we accept it and say that is correct.

If it is not, we say it is incorrect.

In either case, we learn nothing.

If we read or listen with an open mind and an open heart, the rain of the Dharma will penetrate the soil of our consciousness.

—Thich Nhat Hanh

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