Listening Deeply in Turbulent Times

Creating Listening Circle to Heal Communities in Crisis

Tuesday March 14 and Monday March 20 7pm to 8:30pm

In these turbulent times there is a lot of anxiety, frustration, fear and anger that come up for us.  Our ability to listen to each other is being tested daily.  And yet, we know that if we want to heal the rifts in our communities we need to listen deeply to each other so that we can understand each other and then we can also care for each other.

These evenings will offer us the tools for listening based on the Buddhist teachings especially of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guan Yin), the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

Once we learn to create space within ourselves, heal ourselves, and listen (to ourselves and others) in ways that alleviate suffering, we can come together and form listening circles that will enrich community and offer healing to communities.

Portsmouth Public Library, Levenson Room, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth

Day of Mindfulness
Saturday April 1, 9:30am to 2:30pm

Our theme for this day will also be listening deeply.  We will have more time to practice meditation: sitting, walking, eating, as well as total relaxation, and to explore how to listen to ourselves and each other in ways that heal self and other.

These events are free of charge.  You may attend  one, two or all three events as your schedule allows.  Attending the first evening, while recommended, but not required for participation in the other events.  All are welcome.

Portsmouth Public Library, Levenson Room, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth

Invoking the Bodhisattava of Compassion:

We invoke your name, Avalokiteshvara. We aspire to learn your way of listening in order to help relieve the suffering in the world. You know how to listen in order to understand. We invoke your name in order to practice listening with all our attention and openheartedness. We will sit and listen without any prejudice. We will sit and listen without judging or reacting. We will sit and listen in order to understand. We will sit and listen so attentively that we will be able to hear what the other person is saying and also what is being left unsaid. We know that just by listening deeply we already alleviate a great deal of pain and suffering in the other person.

The Four Immeasurables

May all beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
May we be free from suffering and the root of suffering.
May we not be separated from the great happiness that is devoid of suffering.
May we dwell in the great equanimity, free from passion, aggression and prejudice.