Buddhist Ethics in a World of Greed, Hate, and Delusion, with Valorie Beer
This Class Bodhisattvas vow to help all beings. But is it enough just to want to do good? What about when things go horribly wrong, despite our best intentions? What about when the desire for revenge and retaliation highjacks our own good sense? Although sin and redemption aren't in the Buddhist vocabulary, there is nevertheless a very strong emphasis on ethical conduct. In this workshop, we'll look at the traditional Buddhist definitions of ethical and unethical behavior, examine our own "excuses" for why we might choose to act in less-than-ethicalways, and discuss current events in our lives that put us in ethical dilemmas and how we might resolve them in ways that don't cause further suffering. This daylong class offers an in-depth exploration of an ethical life, as well as time for meditation and discussion. A sequel class, Compassion and Wisdom in Daily Life, is offered on May 20th. Registration The fee is on a sliding scale of $20 to $60, according to ability. A few days prior to the retreat the minimum fee increases to $25. Until Tuesday February 20: $20 to $60 After Tuesday February 20: $25 to $60 Scholarships are availa ble upon request. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact the registrar, Miriam, at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for financial assistance. If you wish to pay at the door or via check to the registrar, those options are available to you on the payment information page after you click the green "Register" button, enter the desired money amount and click the green "Checkout" button. Biography Kyosho Valorie Beer has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991. She was ordained as a priest in 2005 and received dharma transmission in 2013 from her teacher, Edward Brown. She lived at Green Gulch Farm from 2003 to 2012, when she moved to City Center. After serving as the San Francisco Zen Center corporate secretary, she was the City Center ino, and is now a visiting teacher to SFZC’s Branching Streams sanghas. Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a thirty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area. Details to Consider Please try to arrive by 9:45 am to register and settle in. Wear comfortable clothing,bring a covered mug or water bottle, bag lunch and your personal cushion if you have one. Chairs and cushions will be available at the retreat, as well as tea and hot water. In the spirit of doing no harm, we ask that you refrain from using scented products that may affect others. The Dharma Center is wheelchair accessible. SBMG hosts teachers from all Buddhist traditions at weekly meetings and monthly daylong retreats. All have been welcome since 1991. SBMG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Please contact registrar if you have any questions. Dana "Dana" is the Pali word for generosity and is the first paramita in Buddhism. You will be invited to give an additional teacher donation on the day of the retreat to thank and honor the teacher yourself as these teachings are priceless and freely given by the teacher (meaning they don't charge a specific fee). The registration fee contributes to the rent, administrative costs, teacher travel, and material expenses for both this retreat as well as SBMG's ongoing Sunday Night programs.