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Beginning Insight Meditation

You may have only recently begun to develop a connection with either Spirit Rock or perhaps a specific Spirit Rock teacher. You may have attended regular weekly programs such as our Monday night class for up to six months. Before this, it’s likely you will have practiced on your own or had only limited exposure to meditation or the Buddha’s teachings.

The core course in this stage is the Introduction to Insight Meditation multi-week class series. Offered several times a year, this class series provides a thorough introduction to the practice of Insight meditation and the basic teachings of the Buddha, such as the Four Noble Truths, the Three Characteristics and the Divine Abodes or Brahma Viharas (lovingkindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity). Homework assignments and suggested daily practices are included. Completion of this class series is recommended before attending Introduction to Buddhism programs.

Daylong retreats entitled Introduction to Insight Meditation or those with Jack Kornfield are particularly appropriate for new students as they always include basic meditation instructions and guidance in understanding the fundamental aspects of Buddhist practice. Many of these half-day, full-day and weekly programs are suitable for beginners.

Recommended books at this stage include:

Making a commitment to meditate will support and deepen your practice.

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2/13/2016 Introduction to Insight Meditation
Mark Coleman
2/14/2016 Teen Winter Series (all teens in high school and beyond are welcome) - Ends Feb 20
Matthew Morey, Nirali Shah
2/18/2016 Winter Middle School Series (all middle school age tweens are welcome)
Adam Baraz, Jeremy Jensen
2/20/2016 Teen Winter Series (all teens in high school and beyond are welcome)
Matthew Morey, Nirali Shah
3/5/2016 Introduction to Insight Meditation (Dana - by donation day)
Sally Armstrong
3/26/2016 Introduction to Insight Meditation
Jack Kornfield
3/30/2016 Insight Meditation for the Curious - 3 nights, ends Apr 2
Mark Coleman, Diana Winston
4/10/2016 Teen Spring Series (all teens in high school and beyond are welcome) - Ends May 15
Anthony Maes, Dawn Scott
4/17/2016 Teen Spring Series (all teens in high school and beyond are welcome) - Ends May 15
Anthony Maes, Dawn Scott
4/20/2016 Spring Middle School Series--all middle school age tweens are welcome - Ends May 18
Sean Fargo, Jennifer Wilson
4/24/2016 Teen Spring Series (all teens in high school and beyond are welcome) - Ends May 15
Anthony Maes, Dawn Scott
4/27/2016 Spring Middle School Series--all middle school age tweens are welcome - Ends May 18
Sean Fargo, Jennifer Wilson
5/1/2016 Teen Spring Series (all teens in high school and beyond are welcome) - Ends May 15
Anthony Maes, Dawn Scott
5/4/2016 Spring Middle School Series--all middle school age tweens are welcome - Ends May 18
Sean Fargo, Jennifer Wilson
5/8/2016 Teen Spring Series (all teens in high school and beyond are welcome) - Ends May 15
Anthony Maes, Dawn Scott
5/11/2016 Spring Middle School Series--all middle school age tweens are welcome - Ends May 18
Sean Fargo, Jennifer Wilson
5/15/2016 Teen Spring Series (all teens in high school and beyond are welcome)
Anthony Maes, Dawn Scott
5/18/2016 Spring Middle School Series--all middle school age tweens are welcome
Sean Fargo, Jennifer Wilson
5/23/2016 Essential Teachings on the Path of Awakening - 7 nights, ends May 30
Matthew Brensilver, Jaya Rudgard, Brian Lesage, Susa Talan (yoga)
6/16/2016 Invitation to Insight Meditation - 3 nights, ends Jun 19
Howard Cohn, Erin Treat

 

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