Practicing with Beauty and Joy: Like a shower for the mind, beauty can inspire appreciation and joy. Each week we will work with experiential practices that help release stale mental patterns and encourage a lighter and more positive way of moving through space and time. Based on recent texts by Tarthang Tulku. This new, one-hour drop-in course is open to beginners and long-time students alike. Cost: $15 per class. The Instructor, Abbe Blum, holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.A. from Cambridge University, England, where she was a Marshall scholar, and a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University. As an Associate Professor at Swarthmore College, she taught Shakespeare and intensive writing seminars, and she currently teaches in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry at Saybrook University. She has been studying Buddhism since the 1970’s, and has taught at various TNMC locations since 1998.