Mindfulness meditation is rising in popularity. People are discovering the many benefits of regular meditation in bringing some combination of personal well-being and spiritual awakening. In the spiritual pluralism of today, it is not uncommon for people to mix and match teachings and traditions in their quest to find peace and happiness.

This session aims to build a bridge between the teachings of the Personality Enneagram and the Early Buddhism from which the mindfulness meditation movement springs. We will explore the relationship between the Enneagram and the Buddha’s teaching on the cause of suffering, known as the Second Noble Truth. The cause of suffering, according to the Buddha, is a threefold movement of craving (passion), aversion (aggression), and ignorance (delusion). This threefold movement occurring in each of the three centers of human experience (gut, heart, head) gives rise to the nine enneagram personality styles. The connecting lines provide a map for balancing out the movements so as to bring them to stillness, which is the end of suffering in the Buddha’s teachings.

Discover how mapping the Buddha’s timeless wisdom onto spiritual technology of the Enneagram can give rise to fresh and surprising insights and can marry two powerful traditions of transformation. The session is appropriate for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Trent J. Thornley


2018 IEA Global Conference

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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