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Our advanced mindfulness courses are for those who want to continue their Mindfulness practice after completing the pre-requisite Foundations of Mindfulness: Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress & Pain Management (MSPM).

Advanced courses meet once a week for 4-8 weeks, and class time ranges from 1 to 1.5 hours. There is no required orientation session for the advanced courses. Any necessary class materials or handouts will be provided, and outside readings may be recommended.

John Orr is an interfaith teacher, retreat leader, meditator, and chanter. Ordained as a monk in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, John spent eight years in the 1970s training in Thailand and India. Drawing from an inclusive range of wisdom teachings, John’s work supports individual growth and exploration while deepening awareness of non-duality and how spiritual practices impact our individual and collective lives.

Known for his kind understanding and non-judgmental approach, John has been teaching meditation and leading workshops and retreats nationwide since 1980. He is the guiding teacher of the New Hope Sangha based in Durham, North Carolina. John is retired from the faculty of Duke University and presently lives outside of Asheville.

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John leads advanced mindfulness courses for practitioners who have already completed the Basic/Foundations Mindfulness course and are interested in deepening their practice.

Four states of mind support our mindfulness practice and, when experienced, allow us to feel light, flexible, open, and concentrated simultaneously.

They are loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

During this series of classes together, we will open to these beautiful qualities of the heart, which are inherent to our being.

We will also explore what seems to block us from dwelling in these beautiful states of heart and mind. Our fears often prevent us from accessing this loving heart.

Using mindfulness practice and guided meditations focused on loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and forgiveness, we will connect with this loving heart, nurture it, and manifest it in the many contexts of our daily lives.

Four Qualities of the Heart: Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity, with John Orr

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