Essential Buddhist Teachings - Part 1
Thursday, October 3 - December 19, 2013 (skips Oct 24, Nov 14)
Part one of three 10-week courses. May be taken in person or online
We have re-opened registration for the online class. You will have access to all videos, recordings and homework, but we will not be assigning Dharma Buddhies.
PLEASE NOTE: This page is for the ONLINE VERSION of this class. Registration has closed for the in person class. .
The Buddha's central teachings on the Four Noble Truths, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Metta (Lovingkindness) Practice.
The online version of the class will offer both video and audio recordings of the class. Each class session will be posted online 48 hours after the in-person class, and you can watch at your convenience. Live on-line viewing is not available for this class. Video recordings will be available to view online until January 31, 2014, and audio recordings can be found on dharmaseed.
In addition, there will be a 30 minute weekly teleconference with Mark Coleman for questions about meditation practice and teachings. This will be on the Monday after each class, and will also be recorded and available to listen to if you cannot make it. (No meetings on Oct 21 and November 11).
Essential Teachings of Buddhism 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 students develop an overview of the Buddha's teachings and learn key Buddhist practices and meditations. Useful for newer students as well as people with meditation experience who want 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.
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.
Registration for this online class will close on Thursday, October 17th.
Part 2 January 21 - April 1, 2014 (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, 2014
Teachings on the Three Characteristics of Existence, Appreciative Joy (mudita), Equanimity (uppekha) practice, Generosity (dana), as well as Engaged Service.
Registration and Payment:
Please register and pay in advance for the course. Course fee is $100/10-week session. (Fee only - no teacher donation will be requested.). Code YR1N13. 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.