This class is only available online using video and audio recordings, weekly homework and handouts posted on Spirit Rock's class webpage. The class was originally taught and recorded in January 2013.
Insight Meditation (known as vipassana in the Buddhist tradition) is a simple technique which has been practiced in Asia for more than 2,500 years. Beginning with the focusing of attention on the breath, the practice concentrates and calms the mind. It allows one to see through the mind's conditioning and thereby to live more fully present in the moment.
This series of five classes will introduce the practice of Insight Meditation, and give an overview of the Buddha's teachings on themes such as working with mind, developing wisdom and deepening compassion. There will be guided and silent meditations. Instructions are gradually expanded each week and practiced during the week at home.
You can take the class on your own or work with a senior student who has volunteering to be a Practice Guide for the class. Working with a Practice Guide is a time for you to ask questions and share discoveries about your practice of meditation. Being able to talk with a teacher or senior student about your practice is a wonderful way to deepen your practice and understandings of the teachings. Practice guides will be available for weekly mentoring sessions of 20-30 minutes during the class series, either by phone, video call or email. A practice guide is not required to take this class, but is encouraged for you to get the most out of it.
To be assigned a guide, you will need to complete a short survey. After registering, your will be sent a confirmation letter which will include a link to the survey. Please complete this survey as soon as possible and a guide will be in touch with you about a week before the first class. There is a limit to the number of participants we can match with a practice guide so we cannot guarantee you a guide.
Note: This is a dana (by donation) class series.The teacher and Practice Guides are offering the class series as a gift to the Spirit Rock community. Typically, our "in person" 5-week class series fee is $50, with Young Adults and Seniors offered the option of a $25 price. Donations to the Practice Guides are accepted separately. The practice of generosity, or dana, in all forms is considered a central pillar of Buddhadharma practice. We invite you to contribute what is appropriate for you.
Registration for this class will close on October 31st. Materials will be available through December 31, 2014.