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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.

Mindful Leadership Training: Compassion, Empowerment, and Impact

Nikki Mirghafori, PhD, and Marc Lesser, MBA
August - December 2023

This certificate training program is open to and designed for leaders and aspiring leaders in both nonprofit and for-profit businesses. The training will cultivate mindful and compassionate leadership skills, with a mindset of service for leaders.

Through lectures, group discussion, guided meditations, readings, reflections, experiential exercises, and personal meditation practice, we will develop skills and behaviors that can be applied directly to our personal and professional lives. By building and incorporating these intentional practices, we will strengthen professional relationships and workplace environments, expanding impact beyond our own learning for the broader benefit of our work and organization(s).

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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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