Transforming Anxiety, Depression, and Other Difficult Emotions
with Venerable Amy Miller
The desire for happiness serves as a major motivation in our lives, yet we often experience numerous obstacles to achieving it. With the pandemic, political discord, and an uncertain future, many of us have experienced heightened anxiety and anger. Yet even with beneficial circumstances and material comforts, it is quite easy to experience frustration, fear, depression, and other less than generous mind states.
While we all search for happiness, we often unwittingly create the causes for our suffering and dissatisfaction. Shantideva, the eighth century Buddhist master, said that we long to free ourselves from misery but wind up running to it instead. Perhaps we find comfort in food, vent our frustrations to others, or distract ourselves with entertainment. But without addressing the true source of difficulty, which resides in the mind, we will never find the happiness and peace we seek.
This daylong workshop will help us identify afflictive states of mind (anger, attachment, pride, jealousy, depression, anxiety, fear, etc.) and explore a variety of healthy coping mechanisms. We will learn how to cultivate positive emotions and transform even everyday challenges into more realistic and peaceful experiences.
This workshop is appropriate for beginners as well as for more experienced students who encounter negative emotions and wish to strengthen the capacity to overcome them.
About the Teacher
Venerable Amy Miller has been teaching extensively since 1992 and was ordained as a Buddhist nun in June 2000 by the great Tibetan master, Venerable Choden Rinpoche. She has previously directed several FPMT centers and projects for decades and has completed a seven-month solitary retreat. Her teaching style emphasizes a practical approach to integrating Buddhist philosophy into everyday life. She is happy to help people connect with meditation and mindfulness in an effort to gain a refreshing perspective on normally stressful living. Venerable teaches and leads retreats and pilgrimages around the world. Her teaching schedule and other information can be found at www.AmyMiller.com.