Date: May 11, 2013
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

May Men's DayOn this Men’s Day with visiting Order member Sravaniya, we will spend our time together by looking at the topic of integration – especially integrating our “various selves” – so that they support our spiritual efforts. There is the self that wants to sit and meditate; the self that wants to hang out with friends; the self that wants to go to a movie; the self that wants simply to play, or to read, or to do our work.

Viveka writes: “Integration can be an engagement of different aspects of ourselves without having to become a single… self. We’ll have a more sustainable engagement in our overall purpose if each aspect of ourselves is acknowledged and issued a thoughtful, responsive invitation to engage in our life as a Buddhist practitioner. We need to craft invitations to practice that connect all of ourselves to the deepest values we hold.”

So on this day we will explore what these different selves of ours might be (our work self, play self, Buddhist self, etc.) and we’ll see what we can do to harmonize them, as it were, so that rather than “competing” against each other, they are benefitting each other. We will explore the day’s topic through discussion, meditation, and reflection and the day will end with a puja.

All men should bring something to share for a potluck lunch.

The schedule for the day will be:

9:00 – Arrive
9:30 – Meditation
10:30 – Coffee/discussion/study
12:15 – Lunch
1:00 – Discussion/reflection
2:15 – Puja

Aryaloka Men’s Practice Days are an opportunity for men in the sangha to spend time together in meditation and discussion around aspects of the Dharma. One of the day’s primary purposes is to support spiritual friendship within the men’s sangha and create an environment in which men can study together and build relationships with each other.

Led by: Sravaniya
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Venue: Akashaloka
Registration: No registration necessary
Fee: Donations appreciated
Other dates: Jun. 16, Aug. 11, Sep. 22, Oct. 20, Nov. 10
Level: Open to All
Directions: Directions Page