Ben Connelly: Mindfulness and Intimacy

April 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with Zen Priest, Ben Connelly author of Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara  and Inside the Grass Hut (Wisdom Publications).

Ben will be speaking about his new book, Mindfulness and Intimacy. Rooted in Buddhist psychology, particularly that of the Yogacara school, Mindfulness and Intimacy is about integrating mindfulness with  community, interdependence, and social healing

Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He teaches at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center. Ben is also a professional musician and teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Mindfulness and Intimacy, coming in February 2019

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 book, Ben Connelly 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.


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