The Lojong Practice with Jennifer O'Sullivan

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Dates 3/28/2021 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$30.00 The Lojong Practice

Dating back to the 12th century, Lojong - or mind training - is a Tibetan practice designed to refine our internal attitudes towards a more compassionate way of being. Comprised of 59 slogans, the Lojong aphorisms are offered to us as points of reflection and deep contemplation. With ongoing exploration of the various phrases, we can cultivate bodhicitta, the awakened mind.

In this workshop, we’ll explore the history and philosophical concepts of Lojong and explore deeply the first slogan: Train in the preliminaries. This workshop will include meditation, Yin Yoga postures as containers for contemplation, journaling, and discussion. 

Recommended, but not required, reading: “Training in Compassion, Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong” by Norman Fischer.

Jennifer O'Sullivan

Jennifer deeply believes in the power of yoga and meditation to nurture the human spirit. She sees the mat and cushion as laboratories for self-discovery and transformation. With an emphasis on mindful movement, she strives to illuminate paths to awareness and wakeful living. In her classes and workshops, she shares the tools that she uses every day to maintain steadiness and equilibrium in all aspects of her life.

Jennifer has been teaching in the Washington, DC area for more than a decade after completing her first training in 2004. She has studied with exemplary yoga teachers from a number of disciplines but is most influenced by Don and Amba Stapleton of Nosara Yoga Institute and Sarah Powers. As a dedicated Dharma student, Jennifer regularly attends practice retreats at Bhante Gunaratana’s Bhavana Society, and she received the Five Mindfulness Trainings and her Dharma name, Peaceful Family of the Heart, from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Jennifer is an endorsed Insight Yoga teacher and mentor in the Insight Yoga Institute. Developed by Sarah Powers, Insight yoga is a heart-centered approach that interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and spiritual psychology. Jennifer’s classes include slowly-flowing (yang) postures, floor-based (yin) poses, pranayama, and seated meditation.