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    September 17, 2016 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

     Beyond Mindfulness Series:

    Mindfulness of Five Realities For Happiness

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

    By Dr. Manijeh Motaghy

    Wednesdays, 7-9pm; Reseda – Thursdays, 7-9pm; West Hills


    Overview:

    Happiness is what all beings seek. Isn’t it? Well, according to our constitution, it is our birth-right to PURSUE HAPPINESS. That’s right! However, by the way our lives are set up, it seems we are constantly pursuing happiness and it’s one step or for most ten steps ahead. Hence, a wonderful opportunity to explore some of the teachings of wise teachers who have accomplished happiness and know where and how happiness and peacefulness maybe found. Compassionately, they tell us the “how to of” being and remaining happy at any time, in any place and under any circumstance.

    Mindfulness of Five Realities: For Happiness

    Beyond Mindfulness Series were designed by Dr. Motaghy to satisfy students’ desire and curiosity to go beyond how Mindfulness is presented in the mainstream movement. To expand their understanding of happiness and to develop those qualities that lead to inner peace. These Courses are designed for the secular mind in a secular language and practice with life examples that pertain to the students’ personal /professional life and experience.

    Topics

    Are picked based on instructors own practice, growth, and the realization of what maybe missed by practitioners who take random mindfulness or Buddhist classes/workshops. This is to help cover important aspects of the Buddha’s teachings that support and enhance the development of Mindfulness. These series are offered in five sections. They provide a continuous period of time and space for learning and practicing, building a community with peers who are on the same path, a sangha. An opportunity to fulfill the desire to commit to one’s own growth and development for a longer period of time, taking personal transformation to the next level.

    Below you’ll find the Mindfulness of Five Realities: For Happiness topics for each individual section. The beauty of these courses and their design is that anyone can begin with any of the sections and start from there. Each topic stands alone and works as part of a group of collective topics.

    In our catalogue of courses the following course #s are: 7951 – 7955

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

    Course # 7951

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

    Section II: To Understand, Practice & Develop: (Reseda: Aug 28 – Oct 2; West Hills: Aug 29 – Oct 3)

    Course # 7952

    1. Consciousness and Viruses of the Mind
    2. Emotional Sobriety & Equanimity

    Section III: To Understand, Practice & Develop: (Reseda: Nov 6 – Dec 18; West Hills: Nov 7 – Dec 19) (Nov 28, Thanksgiving OFF)

    Course # 7953

    1. Imperfections /Fallacies
    2. Forgiveness / Renunciation

    Section IV: To Understand, Practice & Develop: (Reseda: Jan 15, 2020 – Feb 26; West Hills: Jan 16 – Feb 27)

    Course # 7954

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

    Section V: To Understand, Practice & Develop: (Reseda: March 18 – April 22; West Hills: March 19 – April 23)

    Course # 7955

    1. The Uncontrollable
    2. Wise Action / Communication

    *** In case you may be curious, the 4 Noble Truths & Noble Eight-fold Path are embedded in these courses as follow:

    Noble Eight-Fold Path:

    1. Wise View or Understanding (understanding of the 4 Noble Truths) – 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

    Fortunately, there are NO pre-requisites for this particular series. Class does not require you 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 Affiliate Mindfulness Teacher for UCLA MARC, a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and holds a Doctorate in Psychology of Organization Management Consulting. Manijeh has lead over 80 day-long retreats, taught and trained hundreds of students and has over 14 years of study and practice of the teachings of the Buddha under high level teachers such as Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Yatiko and Ajahn Pasanno and attends long term silent retreats routinely.

    Location:

    Wednesday, 7-9pm is held at: 6914 Canby Ave. Suite # 103 Reseda, CA 91335 (parking is free – anywhere after 6pm)

    Thursdays, 7-9pm is held at: 9320 Hartman Way, West Hills CA 91304 (may park in the driveway, side RV access, front of the property)

    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.

    Refund, Make-up and Cancellation Policy

    You must request refunds before 5pm on Friday one week prior to the first week of class. We will deduct $25 administrative fee. After this time we cannot give refunds. Please request refund 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. We cannot provide refunds or credits to registrant “no-shows”.

    You are allowed one make up class per section. If you miss a class either on Wednesday or Thursday you may make it up during the same series. Wednesday makeup would be on Thursday night and Thursday make up would be on Wednesday night. Same week. We cannot issue refund nor prorate if you miss sessions. Students may postpone a class. We will be happy to provide credit towards a future class if a registrant notifies us by email 7 days in advance of the first week of the class series. You have 90 days from the date of class you signed up for to use your credit. 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.