Empathy

Kind words: adventures in being nice” (for kids, 7 – 12 years old), 1:00 – 1:50 pm

Are you a jackal or a giraffe? Giraffes are gentle creatures with super big hearts. They also have really really long necks and can see what is going on even far away. They’re nice. Jackals are greedy, fight over dead animals, and live close to the ground. They’re mean. We all have both in us, but as Buddhists we can learn to be more and more like giraffes by talking and listening to people the way giraffes do. (The topic of this class is much like that of the adult class, but explained for kids. We will begin each class with the refuges and precepts and conclude with sharing the merits.)

Video clips used in this class:

Week one
A short story on – kindness
Get service

Week two
Sesame Street: Mark Ruffalo: Empathy
Judging Others is Dangerous
Snack Attack

Week three

Angry mother nature
Three minutes meditation
Crossing bridge
Donald Duck: self control

Week four

Sesame Street: Robin Williams: Conflict
Sesame Street: Cookie Monster Makes Kermit Mad
Anger – Nonviolent Communication
Breath Meditation for Kids

When we don’t agree: harmony through empathy” (adults/teens), 2:00 – 2:50 pm

We live with conflict at many levels, from family to politics, at work and while shopping. This class is about bringing harmony into our lives. These teachings are based largely on the Buddha’s Dharma and Vinaya – the Buddha gave special attention to how to maintain harmony in the Sangha. They also draw heavily from “Non-violent Communication” (NVC), a modern set of practical techniques employed successfully in conflict resolution throughout the world, which are remarkably consistent with the Buddha’s teachings. Both emphasize deep understanding. There will be some recommended readings.

Recommended Readings

Bhikkhu Cintita, “Harmony,” in Buddhist Life/Buddhist Path: foundations of Buddhism based on earliest sources (2017), pp. 83-101, downloadable here: https://bhikkhucintita.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/new-textbook-buddhist-lifebuddhist-path/

Marshall Rosenberg, 2015, Non-Violent Communication: a language of life, Puddledancer Press. Chapter 1 is available online: https://www.cnvc.org/training/resource/book-chapter-1

Bhikkhu Bodhi, 2016, The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony: an anthology of discourses from the Pali Canon, Wisdom Publications.

Shantideva and Padmakara Translation Group, 2006, The Way of the Bodhisattva, Shambhala Classics.

Click for Orientation:

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Audios of previous talks (actual lecture may start a few minutes in):

Information and registration

These classes will be conducted on-line. Please install Zoom (zoom.us) on your device. Email bhikkhu.cintita@gmail.com with the subject line “Zoom classes,” to register or ask questions. To register, include your name, where you live (city or state) and which class(es) you would like to enroll in. You will receive by email instructions for joining the event on-line, updates and course materials. STAY SAFE! – BC

 


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