The Power of Story: Exploring Hasidic Tales as a Path to Blessing
Holy Family Monastery October 14, 2023 9am-4:30pm
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award–winning author of over thirty-six books on religion and
spirituality. He received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and holds a PH.D. in religion from Union Graduate School. Rami co-directs the One
River Foundation ( www.oneriverfoundation.org ), is a Contributing Editor at Spirituality and Health magazine where he writes the Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler column and hosts the magazine’s podcast, Spirituality & Health with Rabbi Rami (www.spiritualityhealth.com).
“[T}he great spiritual teachers told stories. These are the great parables, the Zen Koan, and the teaching tales of the world's wisdom traditions. Listening to these tales with full attention lifts us out of our own story and reveals an alternative drama that may offer us a greater sense of meaning than any of the tales we tell ourselves.
These tales shift our attention from the mundane to the holy while leaving us firmly grounded in the ordinary realities of our everyday lives. The most powerful teaching tales never take us out of the world but plant us more deeply in it. While often dealing with matters of the spirit, they continually ground us in the facts of daily living, for heaven and earth, nirvana and samsara, this world and the World to Come are simply different ways of experiencing the singular reality of this very moment. Nothing changes but our minds, and this, of course, changes everything." Rabbi Rami Shapiro Hasidic Tales, pp. xxii-xxiii
In this highly interactive exploration of the power of story to liberate us from conditioning, Rabbi Rami uses Hasidic song, Hasidic stories, and chavruta (small group conversation) to help us along our journey toward being a blessing.
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Sponsor: Christian Contemplative Experience program of Holly Family Monastery, West Hartford