2020 Programs

Learning to Love Learning
Duration/ 4 weeks
Wednesdays: October 21, 28, November 4, 11  
10:00 to 11:00 a.m., PDT;
1:00 to 2:00 p.m., EDT
Space is limited so register early.
Non-refundable after registration closes

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.
— Shunryu Suzuki
Often the ego processes of “knowing” and meeting standards take over the possibility, openness, excitement, and curiosity of loving learning. When we start a new project or devote ourselves to learning a new skill, we can count on ego’s reviews, assessments, comparisons; messages about inadequacy, about where we “should” be; stories about outcomes, voices telling us we should just quit….
In the words of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche:
Usually, the basic thread that runs through our experience is our desire to have a purely goal-oriented process: everything, we feel, should be done in relation to our ambition, our competitiveness, our one-upmanship. That is what usually drives us to become greater professors, greater mechanics, greater carpenters, greater poets. Dharma—passionlessness—cuts through this small, goal-oriented vision, so that everything becomes purely a learning process. This permits us to relate with our lives fully and properly. So, taking refuge in the dharma as path, we develop the sense that it is worthwhile to walk on this earth. Nothing is regarded as just a waste of time; nothing is seen as a punishment or as a cause of resentment and complaint.
In this Group Coaching, we will work with a different focus each week through guided exercises to explore how the ego process takes over learning. We’ll look at ways to support ourselves to love learning, and we’ll train with practical tips for structures that support us to stay in Love around any learning project.

A recording device is required for participation.

Group Coaching consists of:

  • a weekly group call with a Zen Awareness Coach.
  • a mid-week email check in
  • Recording and Listening suggestions and tips