Just This Is It

April 16, 2023, 10:30am

Presenter: William McCracken

Service Description:

None of us escapes this life with our lives.

The very nature of spiritual practice is not to transcend this world, but to develop an intimate relationship with all that is; to develop the recognition that ultimately there is nothing to separate ourselves from the fundamental reality that is our life. The difficulties and the joys of life are all part of the fabric of life and one is not better or worse than the other. From that we see that we have a great responsibility to tend and befriend each moment of this life as it is in order to see clearly and help this world.

In this talk, certified mindfulness teacher William McCracken will look at stories in Zen Master Dogen’s True Dharma Eye and his Shobogenzo (first chapter Genjokoan) to highlight the invitation to meet life just as it is.

William McCracken

William McCracken is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He has received Mindfulness-Based Stress Reducation (MBSR) Teacher Certification from the Oasis Institute at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has also received certification as a Certified Mindfulness Teacher - Professional through the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and is a Koru Mindfulness Teacher (a mindfulness program for college students and young adults).

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