A Non-Religious Look At Buddhism Exploring An Ancient Model Of Consciousness In the Context Of the Digital Age
Recent graduates of The Healing Arts Center often hear HAC president, Dave Kenyon, make references to Buddhism. A long-time Tibetan Buddhist, Kenyon integrates Buddhist thinking into virtually everything he does, works on or talks about. "I have been fortunate, to have received rather extensive training from very accomplished Buddhist teachers during much of my adult life", says Kenyon. "To me, Buddhism makes perfect sense largely because you can test it in your life experience without having to take anything on faith - I am, after all, a natural skeptic."
Kenyon is an attorney by training and says that he used Buddhist principles even during the first twenty years of his career when he was a litigator. "It was often challenging to zealously advocate for a client and still keep the moral precepts while working your way toward inner calm, but then again, all life is challenging in this way and everyone has to make their way through Samsara ("the ocean of suffering") one way or another regardless of their career path. But there is a way to be effective and compassionate in nearly every occupation, if you take the time to reflect on it and figure it out."
Kenyon is the father of two children and two step-children and has spent many years concerned about the disintegration of wisdom systems in the West. "Wisdom used to be the most important subject taught in every culture, but nowadays we are more concerned with how to take a selfie", says Kenyon. "As our society sinks into an endless stream of random mind-vomit on Facebook, we wonder why the world is in such horrible turmoil. We do not realize that we all, not some, all of us are actually causing this. Maybe it is because we forgot to teach our children how to develop critical thinking. Maybe it is because we have taught our children how to take standardized tests, but did not bother to show them why being compassionate, kind and useful matters in their immediate reality. We are swimming in the product of our own obsession with narcissism, consumption and immediate gratification and cannot figure out why depression is rampant in our culture."
Buddha In My Facebook Feed, will take a look at the ancient wisdom system of Vajrayana Buddhism that comes from Tibet. This course is not designed for religious indoctrination, but rather, to explore a sophisticated model of consciousness in modern psychological and ontological terms. It is designed for people living in modern America who do not have significant background in Eastern thought. The point of the course is to demonstrate why Buddhism is relevant to modern Western culture in modern times and how it can be used to disrupt social strife and provoke deep personal happiness in a society that could not be more different from the culture of the Buddha 2,500 years ago.
About The Instructor
co-founded the St. Louis Buddhist Council. While having received some formal lama training, Kenyon is not a lama or certified Buddhist teacher, but rather is considered a "householder" practitioner.
Kenyon's training, however, is not limited to Buddhism. He has trained extensively in modern ontology systems that seek to evolve consciousness, personal identity and behavior into a context for highly collaborative teams that also inspire a deep sense of personal fulfillment. He created a virtue-driven model for building business culture called The Book of Seven Virtues. He has been a martial arts instructor and used martial arts principles to improve team culture simultaneously with personal performance. He is the author of The Lotus Blossom, a novel about an American teenage girl who unexpectedly finds herself at odds with her peers when she begins to train in martial arts and Buddhism and becomes more powerful than the boys in her school.
As a business culture builder and organizational expert, Kenyon has spent many years looking to find ways to integrate ancient wisdom systems into everyday Western life. Deeply concerned that our society in the Digital Age has lost much of its ability to transfer wisdom from one generation to the next, Kenyon spends much of his time training business professionals and students how to practice mindfulness and "right living" while using work as a tool for spiritual growth.
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