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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 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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11/26/2014 Essential Buddhist Teachings, Part 1 - ONLINE CLASS SERIES - Ends Dec 3
Mark Coleman
12/3/2014 Essential Buddhist Teachings, Part 1 - ONLINE CLASS SERIES
Mark Coleman
12/14/2014 Dependent Origination: Day for Experienced Students
Tempel Smith
1/17/2015 Concentration Meditation: Purification of Mind
Tina Rasmussen, Stephen Snyder
3/28/2015 Mindfulness of Breathing: A Daylong on Liberation for Experienced Students
Tempel Smith
4/4/2015 Satipatthana: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students (LOTTERY) - 10 nights, ends Apr 14
Bhikkhu Analayo, Phillip Moffitt, Shaila Catherine
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)
8/10/2015 Concentration Retreat - 9 nights, ends Aug 19
Phillip Moffitt, Sally Armstrong, Eugene Cash, Andrea Fella, Marcy Reynolds (qigong)
9/14/2015 Finding Freedom in the Body: Mindfulness of the Body as a Gateway to Liberation - 6 nights, ends Sep 20
Mary Grace Orr, Bob Stahl, Marcy Reynolds (qigong)
12/9/2015 Exploring Awareness: A Retreat for Experienced Students - 7 nights, ends Dec 16
Phillip Moffitt, Adrianne Ross, Brian Lesage


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