Essential Dharma Course (2012)
The Essential Dharma course offers an in-depth understanding of core Buddhist teachings and meditation practices essential in the journey of awakening as taught within the Insight meditation tradition.
This course is ideal for those relatively new to Buddhism who wish to gain both an overview of the Buddha's teaching and to develop experience in Buddhist practices and meditation. It is also very useful for those students with some meditation experience who wish to refresh their knowledge of key Buddhist teachings.
There is a practical emphasis on how we apply and live these teachings in our everyday lives. The teaching will also emphasize the importance of cultivating an embodied awareness moment to moment. Ideally, people commit for all three sessions sequentially, as each session builds upon the last section. However, people can join the course at the start of any the three sessions and take the other sessions in following years. Each class has readings and home assignments/practices to do between classes. We use a 'buddy system,' whereby each student has a buddy in the course with whom they discuss the course home assignments and practices.
Prerequisite - completion of an introductory meditation class series (or equivalent) or teacher approval.
This course is excellent preparation for participation in the Dedicated Practitioners’ Program.
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.). 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.
Cancellation Policy for this Class: If a person cancels within 2 business days of the class start date, there's a $25 cancellation fee; after the first class there's 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.
In order to maintain the continuity of the class series, we will begin the next Essential Dharma Series in the fall of 2012 rather than in January, due to the long break between parts 2 and 3 during the summer).
Part 1: October - December, 2012 - CLOSED
Part 2: January - March 2013 - CLOSED
Part 3: April - June 2013 - 10 Tuesdays, April 2 - June 4, 7 - 9pm