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In-Depth Dharma Study Programs

Spirit Rock’s Dharma Training Programs offer in-depth study of the teachings and practices of the Buddha and the Insight Meditation lineage. We offer training in specific professional and personal topics, all centered around how the Dharma can inform, deepen, and apply to other fields of exploration and engagement in the world.

Continuing Education Credits (CECs) are available for some of these training programs. Tuition is offered on a sliding scale, including scholarships for those in financial need. If you have questions about the best training program for you, please contact us at trainings@spiritrock.org.

A Year to Live

Led by Vinny Ferraro with Frank Ostaseski and Pam Dunn
January – December 2023

In our largely death-denying modern culture, few are encouraged to actively contemplate the inevitability of our death, or that it could happen at any time. The Buddha recommended that we do just that, not to frighten us, but to use death as an object of contemplation to help us awaken to the fragile, fleeting, and precious nature of our lives.

Ultimately, this is a year-long practice in forgiveness, gratitude, and letting go. Through guided meditations, inquiry, and small group discussions, we will be guided, with the support of community, through a process of living this year as if it were our last. All are warmly welcome!

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Belonging & Liberation: The Embodied Path of the Pāramīs

Leslie Booker
February – December 2023

The 10 Perfections or Attainments of the Heart, known as the pāramīs, are a map for recovery and the creation of a culture of belonging and wisdom. They are qualities for navigating life, not just guidelines for meditation, and are said to be what the Buddha was cultivating in earlier lifetimes as he slowly developed into one who could awaken fully and show others the way to freedom.

In this program, we’ll be practicing and exploring the pāramīs both on and off the cushion, with a focus on how we embody and live these teachings within a community of belonging, and sustained dedication to collective liberation.

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