The Buddha often taught a set of topics that offer newcomers to the Dharma a solid foundation for further practice. These teachings formed the basis of what he called the "gradual training." These practice guides offer an overview of these foundations of practice, which begin with the universal wholesome practices of giving (dāna), ethics (sīla), and going for refuge. From there, the practices of meditation and inner development (bhavana) become easier and more joyful.
Explore the Dharma, learn about Spirit Rock and our lineage, and begin or deepen your practice with guides that include overviews of important teachings and a curated selection of some of the best Dharma talks and writings in the Spirit Rock online library. New guides will be added regularly.
Practice Guides by Experience Level
New to Spirit Rock?
If you’re new to Spirit Rock, or returning after some time, start here to learn about our practice, tradition, and community.
What is Insight Meditation?
Develop a new practice of meditation and mindfulness, or refresh yourself on the basics.
Study the Dharma
The Teachings of the Buddha
Deepen your study of the Dharma with overviews of the major lists and frameworks of the Buddha's teaching.
Our Buddhist Lineage
Learn about our Theravāda Buddhist lineage, and the teachers who have influenced the Insight tradition.