Monday, March 30, 2009

‘Skillful Means’ at Nyingma Institute


Jonathan and I missed church yesterday but in the early afternoon, we drove from Lake County to the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley. We took part in dharma chanting that is offered free from 5 to 6 p.m. each Sunday. Afterward we stayed for the weekly lecture.

This week’s speaker was Dave Abercrombie, an entrepreneur and computer programmer, speaking about “Skillful Means” concerning work as a vehicle for personal development.

Jonathan and I read Skillful Means aloud together some time ago; I found the book very accessible and would like to read it again, as well as some of the other books that Mr. Abercrombie recommended.

In the meantime, I found an intriguing book at the Friends of the Library sale shelf: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman (Bantam Books, 1995). It promotes emotional literacy, better understanding your emotions. Seems that whenever I go to to the library, I always find interesting books!

Jonathan wants to attend more classes at the Nyingma Institute. Maybe we can take a course in “Skillful Means” together; it has a practical value that I like. As Mr. Abercrombie put it, you’re taking your meditative practice off your cushion and into the workplace.

Transcribed from a personal journal

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