March 1, 2015 − Buddhist Personality Types: A legacy from the past. A practice for now! taught by Steve Armstrong

Sunday, Mar. 1st, 2015
1:00pm – 4:30pm
at the Insight Meditation Center
108 Birch St.
Redwood City, CA

In addition to a theory of personality types, Theravada Buddhism psychology has a well-developed description of the underlying factors and dispositions that influence us.  Some of this is the result of how past experiences can remain present throughout our lifetime.  The combination of underlying mental factors and past conditioning come together to condition the appearance of what we sometimes call the “self”.    

On this afternoon, we will identify the underlying mental factors and past experiences that contribute to our sense of self.  We will also discuss the impact these have on our personality structures. After identifying our own elaborate “Personality Type,” specific dhamma practices will be identified to assist each individual to further develop the mind.

Included in the discussion will be

  1. Parāmi profile: 10 wholesome qualities of mind to be developed
  2. Index of Potential Problems: the qualities of mind that most cause suffering
  3. Primary Mentality: the 6 foundations of identification

Steve Armstrong has studied the dhamma and practiced insight meditation since 1975. He was a monk for five years in Burma under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita where he undertook intensive, silent practice of insight and lovingkindness meditations. He studied the Buddhist psychology (abhidhamma) with Sayadaw U Zagara in Australia and presents it in practical and easily understood terms. He continues his practice under the guidance of Sayadaw U Tejaniya at the Shwe Oo Min Meditation Center in Rangoon. He has been leading meditation retreats internationally since 1990.

This class is offered on a donation basis. Pre-registration not required.