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.
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:
- Week 1 (Humility): Helen Keller
Helen Keller, The World I Live In
- Week 2 (Patience): His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Excerpt from Perfecting Patience by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
- Week 3 (Contentment): Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi, The Gospel of Non-Possession
- Week 4 (Rejoicing/Delight): Jane Goodall
Karen Karbo, “Jane Goodall: How a Woman Redefined Mankind”
- Week 5 (Kindness): Mother Teresa
135 Quotes by Mother Teresa
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.