Mindfulness & Intimacy with Ben Connelly

May 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bozeman Dharma Center
1019 E Main St
Bozeman, MT 59715
Karen DeCotis

Mindfulness & Intimacy

An evening with 

Ben Connelly

May 22

Go beyond mere mindfulness—and deepen your connection to your self, the people in your life, and the world around you.

Mindfulness is an ancient and powerful practice of awareness and nonjudgmental discernment that can help us ground ourselves in the present moment, with the world and our lives just as they are. But there’s a risk: by focusing our attention on something (or someone), we might always see it as something other, as separate from ourselves. To close this distance, mindfulness has traditionally been paired with a focus on intimacy, community, and interdependence. In this evening talk, Ben Connelly will speak about the teachings in his forthcoming book Mindfulness and Intimacy (Wisdom Publications). In this book, Ben shows us how to bring these two practices together—bringing warm hearts to our clear seeing.

Helpful meditations and exercises show how mindfulness and intimacy can together enrich our empathetic engagement with ourselves and the world around us—with our values, with the environment, and with the people in our lives, in all their distinct manifestations of race and religion, sexuality and gender, culture and class—and lead to a truly engaged, compassionate, and joy-filled life.

About Ben Connelly

Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen priest and dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage.  He is based at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center and has taught at about thirty Buddhist practice centers across the US. He also teaches secular mindfulness in many contexts including training for police and therapists, correctional facilities, and addiction recovery groups.



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