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In our modern age, creating harmonious, caring, emotionally mature, and loving relationships seems to be a chronic problem for many. Especially for those already in a committed relationship! Whether these relationships are of the intimate variety or familial or even collegial or societal, establishing rewarding and meaningful relationships seem to be an endless challenge that demands never ending ‘work’. For many persons following a spiritual path, their relationships are often viewed as an obstacle or diversion from "real spiritual work."
This all day workshop will present an opposing view. Rather than an obstacle to spiritual growth, relationships will be shown to be a remarkably coherent path to developing all the positive emotions and mind states that spiritual and meditative practice promise. Relationship will be shown to be perhaps one of the most direct and experiential means to developing a truly awakened and selfless life.
Fred will be using his training as a family therapist, plus his experience as a meditation and Dharma teacher, to create a challenging and opening environment for workshop participants to learn practical and easily applicable means to facilitate the workshop’s goals. Theoretical and psychological presentations, mindfulness practice, and guided experiential meditations will all be utilized during the workshop.
Fred Eppsteiner has been a student of the psychology of Buddhist meditation for over 40 years, and was a psychotherapist for more than 30 years. He has trained extensively in the Buddhist meditative traditions the U.S. and Asia. He received permission to teach from Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and is the editor of two books: The Path of Compassion and Interbeing.