PLEASE NOTE: This page is for the ONLINE VERSION of this event. To register to attend the event in person, visit this link.
Essential Teachings of Buddhism offers an in-depth understanding of core Buddhist teachings and meditation practices. These teachings are instrumental on the journey of awakening as taught within the Insight Meditation tradition. This course helps people develop an overview of the Buddha's teaching and learn key Buddhist practices and meditations. Useful for newer students and beneficial for people with meditation experience to refresh their knowledge of key Buddhist teachings. The course emphasizes cultivation of mindful awareness and learning to apply and live these wisdom practices in our lives.
In each class, there will be a guided period of Insight (mindfulness) Meditation, a talk on a Buddhist teaching, time for discussion and questions, and at times interactive inquiry in pairs. There are readings, reflections and meditations to do between classes.
Part 2 of the series focuses on The Eightfold Noble Path (Wise: understanding; intention; ethics; livelihood; speech; effort; mindfulness and concentration) and Compassion Practice.
The online class will offer both video and audio recordings of the class. Each class session will be posted online within 48 hours after the in-person class, and you can watch at your convenience. Live on-line viewing is not available for this class. Video recordings will be available to view online until May 31, 2014, and audio recordings can be found at Dharmaseed.org.
In addition, there will be five 30 minute video check-ins with Mark Coleman for questions about meditation practice and teachings. These will be on Tuesday evenings at 6pm, PT, January 28th, February 11 & 25, March 11 and April 1. They will be recorded and available to listen to if you cannot make it.
(Note: The in person class where the video is recorded meets on Tuesdays and skips March 25, so no video will be posted that week.
If you want to work with another class participant, we will match you with a "Dharma Buddhy." Talking between class with someone can be really helpful in supporting your exploration of the teachings and just remembering to practice. A link to a survey to sign up for a buddhy will be in your confirmation letter.
Registration for this class series will stay open until April 1st. We will not assign Buddies after the 5th class.
Course Reading for 3-part program : The basic text for Part 2 is The Beginners Guide to the Eight-Fold Path by Jean Smith.
Seeking the Heart of Wisdom by Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield.
The Beginner's Guide to Walking the Buddha's Path by Jean Smith. Lovingkindness:The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg.
Registration and Payment:
Please register and pay in advance for the course. Course fee is $100/10-week session. (Fee only - no teacher donation will be requested.). Code YR2N14. Scholarships and partial work exchange are available for this class. 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 3 (April 29-July 1, 2014)
Teachings on the Three Characteristics of Existence, Appreciative Joy (mudita), Equanimity (uppekha) practice, Generosity (dana), as well as Engaged Service.
Part 1 [next: Fall 2014)
The Buddha's central teachings on the Four Noble Truths, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Metta (Lovingkindness) Practice.
Part 2 (next: Winter 2014)