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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.

Living Dharma Program:
Exploring and Integrating the Eightfold Path in Daily Life

Mark Coleman, MA, and Dawn Mauricio
September 2023 - May 2024

This program serves meditators and Buddhist practitioners wishing to engage wholeheartedly in a deep exploration and practice of the Dharma through the study and teaching of the Buddha’s “Noble Eightfold Path.” In this journey, we will create a vibrant learning community to study, meditate, and inquire into the key areas of the classic Buddhist teachings on sīla, samādhi, and pañña (ethics, meditation, and wisdom). We will look at how we cultivate mindfulness, kindness, and balance given the inner stresses of modern life, and the outer social challenges of inequity and the pressure of climate change.

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Buddhist Psychology Training:
Scientific Intersections and Clinical Applications of Dharma

Matthew Brensilver, PhD
January - May 2024

Deepen your meditation practice and nourish your work with clients in this four-month training designed for clinicians, counselors, and mindfulness teachers. Through practice, discussion, Dharma talks, and clinical case studies, participants will strengthen their confidence bringing mindfulness interventions into their work and deepen their personal practice, presence, and tools for self-care.

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A Year to Live

Led by Vinny Ferraro with Frank Ostaseski and Pam Dunn
January - December 2024

This yearlong program, based on the book A Year to Live by Stephen Levine, is designed for adults of all ages. We will focus on waking up and living life more fully through the exploration of death as spiritual practice. Ultimately, this is a yearlong 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.

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