Negative Emotions Keep Tripping Us Up: Is there a way to liberate ourselves from them?
Teacher: Melanie Polatinsky
Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
Dates: Friday 29 June 2018 - Sunday 01 July 2018
We tend to view ourselves as our negative emotions and to react to external circumstances and other people in terms of what they make us feel, rather than with pure perception. This means that we often feel victimised and helpless in responding differently. This retreat will focus on the five main negative emotions, anger, pride, delusion, attachment and jealousy and how depression, anxiety, insecurity, self-pity, and a host of other feelings emerge from these five. Buddhism takes these, and teaches us to examine them in their true light as impermanent and without solidity, not as we have been conditioned to view them in western psychological models. Using meditation techniques, and beginning to understand the vast potential of our true nature of mind, we learn to stop responding as victims, and to go along a path of healing, transforming and later even liberating ourselves from these poisons completely.
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Melanie Polatinsky is a psychotherapist, and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, and has been empowered to teach by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, Abbot of Samye Ling Monastery, in Scotland. She has worked, taught and conducted retreats in a variety of fields for the past 45 years. These include meditation, dream work, death and dying, bereavement, inner child work, relationships, karma and reincarnation, inner peace, the five Wisdoms, discovering your true potential, and many other Buddhist topics including a Dzogchen View of life. She has done several self-retreats in India at Palpung Sherabling Monastery. She runs a Tibetan Samye Dzong Centre in Johannesburg and is involved in ongoing teaching in the above fields as well as many aspects of Vajrayana practice. She also teaches a Bardo group to train people in the death and dying teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as extensive direct work with the dying and their families. She has a private practice in psychotherapy with a Buddhist approach.