Building Inner Strength

In this five-week mind science course, we will use the Building Inner Strength discussion guide as a flexible basis to explore the first five of the 16 Guidelines for Life: Humility, Patience, Contentment, Rejoicing/Delight, and Kindness. These positive qualities, which we can intentionally and actively cultivate in ourselves, are important antidotes to the causes of the suffering mind. We will explore what real happiness is or might be, and discover for ourselves whether building our inner strength and resilience might contribute to it.

The 16 Guidelines for Life was developed as a learning and practice tool that any of us can use to build inner strength by focusing on our common humanity and shared human values.

Recommended Readings

Alison Murdoch and Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw, 16 Guidelines for Life: The Basics.

The Building Inner Strength discussion guide can be downloaded here.

Further readings for each week:

Content from the 16 Guidelines website:

About the Facilitator

Janna Weiss currently practices acupuncture and teaches mind science in New York City. She holds a PhD from the University of Texas Austin in Biological Sciences – Botany (ethnobotany). Janna is also a human rights activist and blogger, for peace, for Tibet and for the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities. Janna began studying Tibetan Buddhism with Dharma Friends of Israel in 2005.