The Heart of a Buddha spiritual formation program is designed for individuals wishing to dedicate themselves to a sacred path of awakening, healing, and engagement.
It isn’t clear why some people have an active spiritual dimension in their lives and some simply don’t. Indeed, spirituality is not a cognitive belief but a core experience of not being alone, of being connected to something greater. Spirituality is a relationship with an expanding sense of self, a purpose, a higher being, the Earth, Buddha or God. Spirituality is about faith.
Spirituality means knowing that our lives have significance in a context beyond a mundane everyday existence at the level of biological needs that drive selfishness and aggression. It means knowing that we are a significant part of a purposeful unfolding of Life in our universe.
Spiritual formation is about exploring, supporting and growing the "truth" of all of this. Christian spiritual writer and teacher Henri Nouwen described spiritual formation as, "the way of the heart." He outlined the "journey" of spiritual formation as beginning in solitude with carefully guided practices and moving ever more deeply into care for others and our world.
The Heart of a Buddha is facilitated by members of the Order of Amida of Buddha along with friends from other wisdom schools. Our hope is that this learning will enrich your life through its content, processes, and especially through the friends you'll meet.
Threads of influence for the program include various writers and teachers such as Tara Brach, Miriam Greenspan, Richard Rohr, Ilia Delio, Cynthia Bourgeault, Mirabi Starr, Ken Wilber, Zoe Weil, Shoma Morita, Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, D.T. Suzuki, Shinran, Teresa of Avila, A.H. Almaas, David Whyte, Ken McLeod, Mary Oliver and others appropriate to the conversation.
In Year 1, we begin unearthing the riches of our inner life, acknowledging that transformation is always rooted in the common everyday flow of experience. Rumi writes: “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” Our ultimate goal is to become conduits of love in the world, so we begin by contemplating the "self" to understand our potential for being love in the world.
In Year 2, we expand our gaze to include others and the Earth.
The vision for The Heart of a Buddha is to be a practical and inspirational resource for wholehearted living.
We welcome you to join us.