Essential Buddhist Teachings - Online
A 3 part series, 10 weeks each
The Essential Buddhist Teachings Online 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, if they choose, in the course with whom they discuss the course home assignments and practices.
Class teaching are offered via video and audio recordings, homework and assigned readings. In addition, there will be three 30 minute teleconferences with Spirit Rock Teacher Mark Coleman for questions about meditation practice and teachings. For teleconference dates, please visit the class registration page - links provided below. These calls will be recorded and accessible if you are not able to participate.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation letter with the link to this class page, where each week's class materials will be made available.
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, especially if you wish to be matched with a dharma buddy and/or participate in the teacher check in conference calls.
Course fee is $100/10-week session. (Fee only - no teacher donation will be requested.). No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To discuss scholarship options, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (415) 488-0164 x 224.
Part 1: October - December 2014
Part 2: January - March 2015
Part 3: April 2015