Reclaiming Wholeness




General Framing of Reclaiming Wholeness with the Six Paramitas

Read related chapter in these books each month:

  1. The Six Perfections: Buddhism & the Cultivation of Character by **Dale S. Wright (Main text)

  2. The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective by Robert Aitken

  3. Pay Attention For Goodness Sake: Practicing the Perfections of the Heart by Sylvia Boorstein

    Other Readings may also be added

3 Aspects for Healing Intense Dukkha / Reclaiming Wholeness

1.    Grounding & Stabilization 

Grounding: Safety & Bravery = knowing more clearly WHERE & HOW we think-we-know/believe AND having a sense of VOLITION now, fosters a sense of Stabilization. Stabilization supports/goes together with knowing inherent safety/confidence in one’s body, heart & mind NEEDS/values.

  • November: SHILA/morality/values = Grounding / Safety (& Introductions in each book)

  • December: DHYANA /concentration = Stabilization

  • January: DHYANA (con’t)

    • JANUARY 5th, IN-PERSON meeting:

      • Sharing of your connections with your family member(s) @ your koan

    • JANUARY 16th, ZOOM meeting:

      • The below are to be read by everyone.

      • AND, decide amongst yourselves who will present which section below. —- To the full group at our January 16th web meeting.

      • Send BEFORE the Wednesday, 1/16, Zoom meeting

        • A hand-out of your section’s summary for everyone (including Rev. Liên)

          • Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine —- READ: Introduction & Chapters 1 - 3 only

            • __Shinsen__: Chapters 1 & 2 (What is Trauma; The Causes and Symptoms of Trauma)

            • ___Emma?___: Introduction & Chapter 3: How Trauma Affects the Body

            • (The rest of the book is up to you)

          • Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness by David A. Treleaven

            • __Ryūgin___: Introduction & Chapters 1-2

              • The Ubiquity of Trauma: Visible and Invisible Forms & Meeting the Moment: Mindfulness and Traumatic Stress

            • _Lucy_: Chapters 5-6

              • Stay Within the Window of Tolerance: The Role of Arousal & Shift Attention to Support Stability: Avoiding the Fear/Immobility Cycle

2.    Remembrance & Processing/Mourning

Becoming more and more aware of how our practice (especially of concentration) provides support to be with and expand our (window of) tolerance NOW as we are with our past and the effects it has had, and continues to have, on us. How can we use wisdom to determine both WHAT to pay attention to and HOW we want to RESPOND to what’s happening NOW as it relates to the koan of our life? — How can we know, and then act-in-choice/enact now/in-this-moment?

  • February: KSHANTI/Tolerance/Patience = Remembrance

  • March: VIRYA/Energy/Determination = Mourning

    • Readings on Virya from all 3 books

    • Niroda by David Brazier. —- The 3rd Noble Truth: “Healing is possible.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

    • My Path With Arthritis by Darlene Cohen

      3. Reconnecting & Integrating

      We now move to fully enacting ways to support our healing with the last 2 aspects of the paramitas (dana & prajna). With dana we’ll focus on the mutuality of generosity. With prajna, we integrate the reclaiming and re-affirming we’ve done with our “koan”. How can the learning (in body, speech & mind) we’ve discovered in these months with the program supports us to feel full, whole, and complete again?

  • April: DANA/Mutuality = Reconnecting

    • Readings on Dana from all 3 books

    • Supportive Readings:

      • Norman Fischer’s “The Bodhisattva Attitude” from Lion’s Roar, May 2019

      • Suzuki Roshi’s “God Giving” — Read in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, pp. 51-53

  • May: PRAJNA/Wisdom = Integrating