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Exploring the Buddhist Path

By now you have attended many Spirit Rock programs over a period of a year or two, and you may feel connected to and supported by the teachings and practices. You have attended the Essential Dharma retreats, or at least two other silent, residential retreats at Spirit Rock.

The core program for this level is the Living Dharma retreat, a 7-night non-silent retreat that includes periods of study, group discussions and reflections. Prerequisite for attending a Living Dharma retreat is attendance at two 5-night or longer residential retreats.

You might also consider attending a Metta (lovingkindness) retreat or a retreat on mindfulness of the body. Metta retreats help us to develop an open and loving heart towards ourselves and others, as well as strengthening concentration, while body-based retreats support the deepening of mindfulness in our moment-to-moment experience. Check the list of events below, or look for programs marked with “Level Three” in the quarterly Newsletter & Schedule of Events.

You are encouraged to join a Dharma Friends/Kalyana Mitta group to participate in small group discussions and community (or sangha) support. For information on these groups, go to www.spiritrock.org and click on the Community tab.

Recommended books at this stage include:

Make a commitment to a regular sitting practice. Try to bring mindfulness to your daily activities.

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4/2/2015 Essential Buddhist Teachings, Part 3 - ONLINE CLASS SERIES - Ends Jun 4
Mark Coleman
4/4/2015 Satipatthana: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students (LOTTERY) - 10 nights, ends Apr 14
Bhikkhu Analayo, Phillip Moffitt, Shaila Catherine
4/9/2015 Essential Buddhist Teachings, Part 3 - ONLINE CLASS SERIES - Ends Jun 4
Mark Coleman
4/16/2015 Essential Buddhist Teachings, Part 3 - ONLINE CLASS SERIES - Ends Jun 4
Mark Coleman
4/23/2015 Essential Buddhist Teachings, Part 3 - ONLINE CLASS SERIES - Ends Jun 4
Mark Coleman
4/30/2015 Essential Buddhist Teachings, Part 3 - ONLINE CLASS SERIES - Ends Jun 4
Mark Coleman
5/7/2015 Essential Buddhist Teachings, Part 3 - ONLINE CLASS SERIES - Ends Jun 4
Mark Coleman
5/9/2015 Experienced Student Daylong - The Seven Factors of Awakening
Phillip Moffitt
5/14/2015 Essential Buddhist Teachings, Part 3 - ONLINE CLASS SERIES - Ends Jun 4
Mark Coleman
5/21/2015 Essential Buddhist Teachings, Part 3 - ONLINE CLASS SERIES - Ends Jun 4
Mark Coleman
5/28/2015 Essential Buddhist Teachings, Part 3 - ONLINE CLASS SERIES - Ends Jun 4
Mark Coleman
6/4/2015 Essential Buddhist Teachings, Part 3 - ONLINE CLASS SERIES
Mark Coleman
6/8/2015 The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: A Study, Discussion and Practice Retreat - 6 nights, ends Jun 14
Tempel Smith
6/15/2015 From the Breath to Spacious Awareness - 6 nights, ends Jun 21
Donald Rothberg, Susie Harrington, Teja Bell (qigong)
6/17/2015 Kalyana Mitta/Spiritual Friends Half Day Workshop
Elad Levinson
7/22/2015 Dependent Origination as a Buddhist Psychology - Ends Sep 16
Gary Buck
7/26/2015 Loving the House That Ego Built
Howard Cohn
8/5/2015 Dependent Origination as a Buddhist Psychology - Ends Sep 16
Gary Buck
8/8/2015 Why Do We Suffer? An Exploration of the Buddhist Teaching on the Five Khandas, or Aggregates
Sally Armstrong
8/10/2015 Concentration Retreat - 9 nights, ends Aug 19
Phillip Moffitt, Sally Armstrong, Eugene Cash, Andrea Fella, Marcy Reynolds (qigong)

 

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