Cost: Sliding Scale $75 – 200
Discount: $45 for Young Adults (18-26)
and Seniors (65+ with limited income)
Registration: Pre-register via Spirit Rock
Buddhist meditation practice is meant to transform one’s thought, speech, and actions. Nonviolent Communication is also discussed as a practice of inner transformation that then flows out into our relationships and society. How do we put these teachings into practice to make conversations more meaningful and effective? How can we use our spiritual practice to deepen our relationships personally and professionally?
Training ourselves to speak in a wise and non-harmful way is one of the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path. In this program, we will explore how to bring more mindfulness and care to our communication — our listening, our speaking, and even our thinking.
The tools shared will be a combination of the core guidelines for Wise Speech offered by the Buddhist tradition, as well as the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication. These practices form a powerful foundation for cultivating insight, awareness, self-understanding and empathy. Through strengthening our capacity to stay present and to be more skillful in difficult situations, the pain and misunderstandings that come out of unwise and habitual speech can begin to ease, and our conversations and relationships can grow in meaningful, healthy ways.
Continuing Education (CE) credits available for licensed therapists, nurses, and chaplains.
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Oren Jay Sofer is a Collaborative Trainer with BayNVC and teaches communication and meditation both locally and nationally. He has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1997, holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma. Oren is also a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers’ Council, founder of Next Step Dharma, and the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication. www.OrenJaySofer.com