The Dharma of Poetry: How Poems Guide Us Toward Happiness

In Buddhism it was thought that a person can REACH ENLIGHTENMENT by reading poetry. We'll see what happens :)

It will basically be a POETRY SOUND BATH and an overview of how poems lead us to happiness.

Poems will span many decades, many cultures and will lead to pure inspiration.

Poems help us process emotions, connect to common humanity, find meaning, notice with more awareness, and see ourselves and the world in a new light.

How does poetry support a spiritual practice?

We'll talk about how to read a poem as a spiritual experience.

Poetry is a rich reserve of spiritual energy.

The root of “spirit” is the Latin verb “spirare,” to breathe. Whatever lives on the breath, then, must have its spiritual dimension– especially all poems. We read poems with the breath, with our voice, and with our bodies. The fullness of spiritual knowledge lies outside words, and yet words can call us to it.

Poetry is the spiritual joining the physical: poems resonate in our bodies and voices, as well as in our imagination, heart, and mind.

We will do a meditation practice together as well as a poetry reading practice.

No prior experience with poetry is necessary.

Join if you love poems or want to love poems!


Facilitator: Elizabeth Pyjov

Host: Happiness Sangha

Cost: $95

Registration: here