Registration for this in-person class closed on Tuesday, October 15th. No further registrations will be taken, online or in person.
We have re-opened registration for the online class.
Essential Buddhist Teachings - Part 1
Part 1 of 3 ten week courses In person or Online version
This class offers an in-depth understanding of core Buddhist teachings and meditation practices. These teachings are instrumental on the journey of awakening as taught within the Insight Meditation tradition. This course helps people develop an overview of the Buddha's teaching and learn key Buddhist practices and meditations. Useful for newer students and beneficial for people with meditation experience to refresh their knowledge of key Buddhist teachings. The course emphasizes cultivation of mindful awareness and learning to apply and live these wisdom practices in our lives.
In each class, there will be a guided period of Insight (mindfulness) Meditation, a talk on a Buddhist teaching, time for discussion and questions, and at times interactive inquiry in pairs. There are readings, reflections and meditations to do between classes.
You will enjoy the support from a sense of community that builds over time with people who share an ongoing commitment to practice. You can join the course at the start of any the three sessions and take the other sessions in following years.
Course Reading :
Seeking the Heart of Wisdom by Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield.
The Beginner's Guide to Walking the Buddha's Path by Jean Smith. Lovingkindness:The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg.
These books will be available for purchase at the class.
NOTE: Registration for this class series will close on Tuesday, October 15th. You cannot begin the live series after this date.
Part 1 [October 1-December 17 (skips Oct 22, Nov 12), 2013)
The Buddha's central teachings on the Four Noble Truths, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Metta (Lovingkindness) Practice.
Part 2 (January 21 - April 1 (skips March 25)
The Eightfold Noble Path (Wise: understanding; intention; ethics; livelihood; speech; effort; mindfulness and concentration) and Compassion Practice.
Part 3 (April 29-July 1)
Teachings on the Three Characteristics of Existence, Appreciative Joy (mudita), Equanimity (uppekha) practice, Generosity (dana), as well as Engaged Service.
Taking the course online:
This course is also available online, via video and audio recordings of the class. In addition there will be a 30 minute weekly teleconference for questions about meditation practice and teachings. For more info go here.
Registration and Payment:
Please register and pay in advance for the course. Course fee is $150/10-week session. (Fee only - no teacher donation will be requested.). Code YR1C13. Scholarships and partial work exchange are available for this class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To discuss scholarship options, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (415) 488-0164 x 224.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited and fixed income) are invited to attend this class series for $75.
Cancellation Policy for the "in-person" Class: If you cancel within 2 business days of the class start date, there is a $25 cancellation fee; after the first class there is a $50 cancellation fee; after the 2nd class, there's a $75 cancellation fee. In these three situations, the remainder of the fee can be refunded upon request, or the money can be used as a credit for future daylongs or events (but not benefits) and is to be used within one year of the cancellation. There are no refunds in any form as of the third class.
We keep the lighting low here and evenings can be quite dark, especially in the winter. We recommend bringing a flashlight to events that begin or end after dark.
Please Carpool! Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.
Online Registration for this event is available until 12 noon one business day before the event. If you can't attend, see our Cancellation Policy.
Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or (415) 488-0164 x224.
Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”
Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review Daylong Programs at Spirit Rock for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.