Living With Appreciation: Exploring the Joy of Gratitude (May 1-28)

living with appreciation and gratitude
In this 28 day event we’ll be exploring the quality of mudita, or joyful appreciation.

Living with gratitude and appreciation has been shown in studies to be one of the most important factors in creating happiness and well-being. The more we are capable of living gratefully and appreciatively, the more we feel a sense of our lives being blessed.

Mudita is the traditional term for recognizing and appreciating the positive qualities and actions that bring happiness to beings (ourselves included). It begins with a desire that beings be happy, but recognizes that happiness arises from a life well-lived, rather than randomly. We thus come to feel more appreciative of ourselves and others, and this brings with it a sense of joy. Hence, mudita is joyful appreciation.

The benefits

On this event you’ll learn how to:

  • Overcome tendencies to blame
  • Appreciate positive qualities within yourself and others
  • Remove barriers to accepting your own innate goodness
  • Cultivate an attitude of appreciation and rejoicing
  • Abandon jealousy and resentment in favor of appreciation
  • Notice and appreciate life’s small, and not so small, blessings
  • Be a supportive and encouraging presence for others

Course format

Signing up for this event gives you access to:

  • 28 daily emails with practice suggestions
  • Access to five guided meditations, from 10 to 26 minutes in length
  • Support and encouragement in a welcoming online community

This event is suitable for people of all levels of experience, including complete beginners.

What other participants have said

  • “I have gratitude for being able to express gratitude over the last month!” Michael B.
  • “I have very much enjoyed participating in this event. A big thank you to all in this community for your company along the way, sharing your thoughts and gratitudes has been inspirational.” Marleen M.
  • “I have appreciated everyday the energy everyone poured in to participation. It was very inspiring. Bows to all of you!” Corry V.
  • “I do want to say how grateful I am to have come upon this event and although I didn’t always meditate each day, I looked forward to reading and thinking about each new email, and to read what others had to say.” Pat H.

About the instructor

BodhipaksaBodhipaksa has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 30 years, and teaching for around 25 years. He formerly taught meditation in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Montana, and for several years ran a thriving retreat center in the Scottish Highlands. He is the author of more than a dozen books and audiobooks, and has been published in six languages. In 2001 he founded Wildmind, an online meditation center. He has been a member of the Triratna Buddhist order since 1993. He is originally from Scotland, but now lives in New Hampshire. He has two children.

How to register

Registration for Living With Appreciation (May 1-28) is open!

Participation is by donation. There are three suggested donation levels, but you are free to give what you want.

  • High Income: $100 ($25 per week)
  • Medium Income: $40 ($10 per week)
  • Low Income: $20 ($5 per week)

First, determine your donation level and the amount of your donation, and then click the button below to donate.

Once your donation is received you will be sent an email link to the registration page.

Scholarships are available

A limited number of scholarships are available for those who are unable to make a donation. If you would like to take advantage of one of these scholarships, please write to us.

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