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 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

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

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

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