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    September 29, 2016

    Beyond Mindfulness Series:

    Mindfulness of Five Realities: For Happiness

    5 Sections – Each section is comprised of six 2 hour sessions. 

    By, Dr. Manijeh Motaghy

    Thursdays, 7-9pm starting July 18, 2019

    Overview:

    Happiness is what all beings seek. Isn’t it? Do you not seek it? Well, according to our constitution it is our birth- right to PURSUE HAPPINESS. That’s right. However, by the way our lives has been set up, it seems that we are constantly pursuing happiness and it’s one step or for most ten steps ahead. Here, we can explore some of the teachings of wise teachers who have seen how we can actually feel happiness and peacefulness at any time, any place and under any circumstances.

    Mindfulness of Five Realities: For Happiness

    Is part of our Beyond Mindfulness Series designed by Dr. Motaghy to satisfy students’ desire and curiosity to go beyond Mindfulness. To enhance their practice and expand their understanding of the obstacles in the way of happiness and to develop the qualities that can lead to peacefulness and happiness. The Mindfulness of Five Realities: For Happiness series is offered in five sections to provide a continuous period of time and space for building community with peers who are on the same path, a sangha. Furthermore, students who desire to commit to their own growth and development have a layout of courses for 11 consecutive months to practice with same teacher and classmates . The topics picked for these series are based on instructors own practice, growth, and the understanding of what maybe missed when students take random mindfulness or Buddhist classes/workshops. This is to help cover important aspects of the Buddha’s teachings that support the development of Mindfulness.

    These courses are designed in a secular and relateable language and practice with life examples that pertain to the students’ personal /professional life and experience. Take your practice and transformation to the next level.

    Below you’ll find the Mindfulness of Five Realities: For Happiness topics for each individual section. The beauty of the course and the way it has been designed is that anyone can come into any of the sections and start from there. Each topic stands alone and works as a group of collective topics that cover what’s important to cultivate.

    Section I: To Understand, Practice & Develop: (July 18 – Aug 22)

    1. Karma & Chaos: The Way Out
    2. Meditation & Concentration

    Section II: To Understand, Practice & Develop: (Aug 29 – Oct 3)

    1. Not Self & Suffering
    2. Emotional Sobriety & Equanimity

    Section III: To Understand, Practice & Develop: (Nov 7 – Dec 19) (Nov 28, Thanksgiving OFF)

    1. Imperfections /Fallacies
    2. Forgiveness / Renunciation

    Section IV: To Understand, Practice & Develop: (Jan 16, 2020 – Feb 27)

    1. Livelihood / Discontentment / Discernment
    2. Connectedness / Service / Compassion

    Section V: To Understand, Practice & Develop: (March 19 – April 23)

    1. The Uncontrollable
    2. Wise Action / Communication

    In case you may be curious, the above sections do correspond with the Noble Eight-fold Path in the following manner.

    Noble Eight-Fold Path:

    1. Wise View or Understanding – Section I
    2. Wise Intention or Resolve – Section IV
    3. Wise Speech or Communication – Section V
    4. Wise Action or Behaviour – Section V
    5. Wise Livelihood or Wok – Section IV
    6. Wise Effort or Mental development – Section II
    7. Wise Mindfulness – Section I
    8. Wise Concentration or Steadiness – Section I

    Michelangelo said:

    I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
    If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.
    Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.

    To discover the angel in us, we have to carve the mind and shape it, until we free the angel within.

    Pre-requisite

    For this particular series there are no pre-requisites. You are not required to have long term meditation practice. What is helpful is the willingness to learn and practice as sincerely as one can. Everyone practices at their own level. You are welcome join us and learn the art of happiness.

    Teacher
    Dr. Manijeh Motaghy – A Founder, Executive Director and Teacher at Perfectly Here. She is also the Founder and CEO of Mindful Business Institute. She is an Authorized Mindfulness teacher through UCLA MARC and holds a Doctorate in Psychology of Organization Management. She has over 12 years of study and practice of the teachings of the Buddha, attending long term silent retreats routinely.

    Location

    West Hills CA 91304- This is a private location. We will send you exact address upon registration. Thank you.

    Refund, Make-up and Cancellation Policy
    Class Refunds must be requested before 5pm on Friday before the first week of class. There will be a $25 administrative fee. After the first Friday we cannot give refunds. Refunds should be requested by emailing: register@perfectlyhere.org. Perfectly Here reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. Registrants will be notified in advance of the class.No refunds or credits are given to registrant “no-shows”.

    If you miss a class in this series there may not be an opportunity for make up as this type of series is offered once a year. No refund or prorate will be issued for missed sessions. Students may postpone a class. In this case, credit towards a future class will be provided if a registrant notifies us by email 7 days in advance of the first week of the class series. Credit must be used within 90 days of the date of payment.  We value your intention for mental development and happiness. Therefore, please speak with the instructor to get advice on how best to use your credit.

    What to Bring
    All you need is comfortable clothing, notebook and pen. Chairs and cushions are provided.

    Class Capacity
    We allow no more than 20 students per class.

    Pricing
    We offer special pricing for seniors (+65) and students. Also, take advantage of a package deal to ensure your space is safe and your mind is committed to practice towards development and happiness. For exact pricing of classes click below to register.