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February

Class Series Online Dharma Institute

February 23 - March 15, 2024 4 Fridays | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Somatics of Thought and Emotion: Working With the Mind and Heart Through the Body

12 CE Credits. The body feels before the mind thinks. Embodiment allows us to sense thoughts and emotions as they are arising, before they captivate the heart. With this awareness is a sensitivity to attachment and aversion (upādāna) as bodily sensations, which allows us to respond rather than react. By balancing the nervous system, lightly controlling the breath, and practicing kind awareness, we lessen the conditions of anxiety and fear, and enjoy states of ease and openness as our natural state of being.

Jill Satterfield

Jill Satterfield

April

Class Series Online Dharma Institute

April 11 - May 16, 2024 6 Thursdays | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Heart-Opening Practices to Release Trauma Responses and Nurture Resilience

7.5 CE Credits. When the stressors and traumas of our life build up and take their toll on our psyche, it is a natural response to turn inwards to find rejuvenation and healing in the Dharma. This is the time to draw from the deep well of the brahmavihāras of lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. As we learn to nurture ourselves with lovingkindness, these life-transforming practices can heal and open our heart, soothe our anxious mind, and calm our inner critic.

Pawan Bareja

Pawan Bareja

May

Class Series Online

May 15 - May 29, 2024 3 Wednesdays | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Groundbreaking Courage: Two Bhikkhunīs Reflecting on a Life of Dharma Practice

Join us for a conversation in three parts between Venerable Dhammanandā Bhikkhunī and Ayya Santacittā Bhikkhunī, who met for the first time in Thailand in the mid 1990s. Since then they have both been ordained as bhikkhunīs —Venerable Dhammananda in Sri Lanka in 2003 and Ayya Santacitta at Spirit Rock in 2011. Ven. Dhammanandā is the senior Bhikkhunī in Thailand, and joins us online from her monastery outside of Bangkok.

Ayya Santacitta

Ayya Santacitta

Dhammanandā Bhikkhunī

Dhammanandā Bhikkhunī

Class Series Online

May 30 - June 27, 2024 Thursday - Thursday | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

How to Defeat Distraction

In this round of our sutta study series, “The Refuge of Dhamma: Exploring the Discourses of the Buddha,” we will explore discourses (suttas) that teach practical tools for working with distraction and the root causes of mental suffering. We will read suttas addressing distracting thought (MN 20), fear (MN 4), and mindfulness of the body (MN 119), and we will discuss how to bring the training of the mind more fully into our meditation and daily lives.

Sean Oakes

Sean Oakes

August

Class Series Online

August 1 - August 29, 2024 5 Thursdays | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Everyday Life as Mindfulness Practice

Join us for a foundational series on the common-sense teachings of mindful awareness. With a focus on interactive discussion, meditation, and community building, Sylvia (via video recording) and Heidi (live via Zoom) will share practical, accessible, timeless teachings that support the integration of mindfulness, non-harming, and kindness into the complexities of our everyday lives. Connect and be nurtured by the support of saṅgha, shared stories, and meaningful moments as we bring our practice more fully into everyday life.

Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein

Heidi Bourne

Heidi Bourne