Class Series

Spirit Rock offers weekly and monthly online class series to integrate practice and study into the flow of your life. Series can be a beautiful way to connect with others in the Spirit Rock community, building saṅgha as you study and practice together.

Classes address a wide range of topics, from the study of Buddhist texts to applications of the Dharma to social action, psychology, and professional development. Many series offer Continuing Education Credits. Series are an accessible way to deepen your understanding of the Buddha’s teachings, prepare you for the immersive experience of a Retreat or Dharma Training Program, or help to sustain the momentum of practice between retreats.

Upcoming Class Series

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

Dhammananda Bhikkhuni

Dhammananda Bhikkhuni

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

Class Series Online

June 21 - July 19, 2024 5 Fridays: 1 full day and 4 half days. Times variable - see details.

Reciprocity and the Web of Life: Practices for Recovering Attention

10 CE Credits. As the earth calls our attention and old narratives dissolve around us, we are asked to navigate our lives differently. At an evolutionary threshold like this, the Dharma is a formidable anchor to keep us grounded. By working with ancient and new ways of experiencing embodied existence, we are consciously re-rooting in the web of life, bringing about an expanded perception of who we are and thereby opening us into our next steps on the path.

Ayya Santacitta

Ayya Santacitta

Heather Marie

Heather Marie

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