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"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Essential Buddhist Teachings Program Series: The Eightfold Path (Part A) – The Buddhist Path to Freedom (No. 4)
Mark Coleman
Friday, February 2, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - 200. Please bring your lunch. Code MC4D18.
OPEN-Register Here

This five-daylong series may be attended in full or in part. You can join the series at any point; each day is a standalone program. You must register for each class separately. These five programs combine to create a deeper understanding of the Buddha's key teachings and emphasizes learning how to apply mindfulness and wisdom practices in our lives. In each daylong, there will be guided meditations, lectures, discussion, and inquiry. This series will start January 12, 2018, and end February 9, 2018, if you choose to attend all five daylong programs.

Program Titles:

  • 1 - Four Foundations of Mindfulness - January 12
  • 2 - Four Noble Truths - January 19
  • 3 - The Boundless Heart - January 26
  • 4 - Eightfold Path-Part A - February 2
    The Eightfold Path explores our journey of how we learn to live with wisdom, compassion, and peace. On the Buddhist path, every aspect of our life is to be included as a vehicle for awakening. In this daylong, we will look at the first four parts of the Eightfold Path – Wise Effort, Wise Mindfulness, Wise Concentration, and Wise Understanding. We will explore how to cultivate and develop these qualities more fully in our practice and in our lives.
  • 5 - Eightfold Path-Part B - February 9
Follow the links to register for each class separately.

Health care providers will be able to incorporate this day’s teachings to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and peace in ways that can support them as care providers. Teachings will be given on the origins of suffering, and practices will be offered that can be used to reduces stresses in the workplace and improve patient care. Health care providers will learn concrete steps to minimize suffering for self and others involving practices to steady the mind, cultivate attention and concentration, and engender responses appropriate in the current moment.

Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for attendance requirements and more information.

If you cannot attend the event in person and you do not want CE credit, visit this link to register for the Livestream.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:
  • List the three elements that the eightfold path comprise, and how cultivating these areas can lead to reduced suffering;
  • Describe how practicing “wise effort” and “wise concentration” can reduce difficult or unwholesome states of mind, and cultivate healthy or wholesome states of mind;
  • Incorporate the perspectives of “wise understanding,” in ways that may reduce stress and suffering for self and others;
  • Describe how the practice of "wise concentration" can lead to improved patient care and self-care, reducing suffering.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.


General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.

Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@spiritrock.org.

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

Continuing Education

This course offers 5.5 CE credits for $55 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by Spirit Rock and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.
  • The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 5.5 contact hours.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.
  • The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners Code of Regulations 361(h)(2) provides that continuing education requirements may be met by taking continuing education courses by any California Healing Arts Board approved provider, including those approved by the BRN.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation, if offered. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the event in full - no partial credit for partial attendance. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) Credit. Please note: In order to qualify for CE credit, you must arrive and sign-in at the CE table within 15 minutes of the start of the event, stay until the end of the program, and sign out.

Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to attend a program, or fulfill the attendance requirements for CE credit, you may offer your CE credit fee as a donation to Spirit Rock, or you may request a credit to be used towards a future non-residential program. If you would like a credit, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two business days prior to the program. For more information, please see our Cancellation Policy for Non-Residential Programs.

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