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Foundational Spiritual Practices: Paths to Joy

Sunday, March 20, 2022 | 4:00pm

What do spiritual teachers, therapists, neuroscientists and physicians agree on? Spiritual practices are good for our mental, physical, and spiritual health. In April 2015, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu sat down together for an intimate conversation between soul friends that resulted in The Book of Joy and the recent film, MISSION: JOY. During their time together, these two great spiritual teachers shared the practices that helped them remove obstacles and cultivate joy in their lives.

Join us as we explore three of these practices and discover for ourselves how we can live more joy-full lives, connecting more deeply with the Holy, with our true selves, and with one another. You are welcome to attend one, some or all of the sessions. All sessions will include time for teaching, practice, and conversation.


 Sunday, March 20, 4 – 5:30 pm ET (on Zoom)

Forgiveness as a Path to Joy

Explore the four-fold path of forgiveness as we learn how to forgive not only others, but also ourselves.


Sunday, April 3, 4 – 5:30 pm ET (on Zoom)

Compassion as a Path to Joy

The Dalai Lama has said that a daily practice of cultivating compassion is the single most important thing we can do to change the world. Join us as we explore ways we can practice compassion and better love our neighbors and ourselves.


Sunday, May 1, 4 – 5:30 pm ET (on Zoom)

Laughter as a Path to Joy

Learning to laugh at ourselves helps us learn to laugh at life. Join us as Diane Cohen leads us through a session of Laughter Yoga to bring a sense of playfulness and joy into your life.

Diane L. Cohen, is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, a Laughter Yoga Ambassador, and a facilitator/executive and career transition coach. Diane has led laughter yoga sessions for breast

cancer patients and their caretakers, hospital staff members, federal agencies, associations, The Washington National Cathedral, and the general public, since 2012. She has been featured in a PBS Religion & Ethics segment; a Voice of America video; on WTOP’s website, Washington’s City Paper; and Washingtonian magazine.

Because of her local community work with Laughter Yoga, Diane was recently identified as a “Weaver." NYTimes writer, author, and PBS commentator David Brooks created this term for - among other things - people who serve their neighbors and initiate opportunities to build connections. As a Professional Certified Coach and Career Transition Coach, laugher has had a positive impact on clients’ transformation from being only in their head to being more in their heart and body.


Registrants will be sent information with a Zoom link on the date of the workshop.. Registration is free for this ONLINE event, with an option to pay-what-you-wish.

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