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Relationships, Love, and Spiritual Practice

Ezra Bayda

By Frank Simons

Why do relationships seem to cause us so many difficulties? This retreat, led by Zen teacher and author Ezra Bayda, will explore how the difficulties we face in relationships block our experience of love and connectedness as well as the experience of genuine happiness. He will describe several practices to help us work with relationship difficulties, including dealing with fears and resentments. An excerpt: When I talk about expectations being one of the main sources of difficulties in relationships, I’m talking about the fact that our emotional reactions are the result of expecting someone to be a particular way. If someone doesn’t treat us with kindness and we get angry, the practice is to work with the anger within ourselves. However, that does not mean that we have to put up with harmful behavior—we can seek help or we can leave. The point is that spiritual practice is about inner transformation regardless of what life presents. And at the same time we use common sense; if we break a leg, we can practice with our self-pity and our fear, and at the same time we can go to the doctor.

Relationships, Love and Spiritual Practice
Part 1, by Zen Teacher Ezra Bayda
Thu, Sep 17, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
415 111-0644

Ezra Bayda has been practicing meditation since 1970 and teaching since 1995. He was initially trained in the Gurdjieff tradition and began practicing Zen meditation in 1970. In 1998, he received authorization from Charlotte Joko Beck to teach in the Ordinary Mind and White Plum lineages. He presently teaches at Zen Center San Diego. He also founded the Santa Rosa Zen Group and continues to lead it, visiting several times a year. He and his wife Elizabeth have led retreats at other centers and internationally and currently lead a yearly retreat in Paris. Ezra writes many of the articles for the ZCSD newsletter and is a regular contributor to meditation and Buddhist magazines.  He is also the author of six books: Being Zen: Bringing Meditation To Life (2002), At Home in the Muddy Water (2003), Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts) (2005), Zen Heart (2008), Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment (2010), and The Authentic Life: Zen Wisdom for Living Free From Complacency and Fear (2014). The Meditation Center presents the video lecture series Relationships, Love and Spiritual Practice, Part 1, What Is the Path, Thursday, September 17, at 5:30pm at the Center, Callejón Blanco 4.

There will be a discussion period after the video. Presentations of the Meditation Center are offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


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