Classes

Classes provide a way to get into greater depth on a specific focus of Buddhist study. We have a variety of classes available throughout the year, taught by a large cast of dedicated and knowledgeable local and visiting teachers.

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Exploring Insight: Advanced Meditation Course

Event Dates: Wednesday April 23, 2014 – Wednesday May 28, 2014

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Advanced Meditation CourseOn this six-week course we’ll explore insight meditation though an experiential investigation of the Three Lakshanas (“marks”) of impermanence, non-self, and unsatisfactoriness. Contemplation of the Three Lakshanas loosens our fixed sense of reality and opens us up to a more fluid sense of ourselves and the world around us.  Prior experience with Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana practices are an important foundation for taking this course.

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Moving Into the Dhyanas

Event Dates: Saturday April 26, 2014 – Saturday April 26, 2014

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dhyanas_smDo you ever wonder if there is more to meditation practice than you are experiencing? When practicing the Mindfulness of Breathing, do you sometimes wonder what to do after you get to 10? Does your mind wander more than you’d like? Is metta sometimes hard to cultivate?

This workshop series, entitled “Meditation Tune Up: Ideas and Inspiration to Help Your Meditation Practice Thrive” will help revitalize your practice. Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of meditation practice and provide practical tips to help you move into a more deeply concentrated state of mind.

This month’s workshop is: Moving Into the Dhyanas

The Dhyanas, concentrated states of mind characterized by calm, presence, and joy, are attainable by everyone. This workshop, led by Lilasiddhi, will explore these refined mental states and provide tools to help us experience them more readily during meditation.

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Apr. Introduction to Meditation Workshop: Mindfulness of Breathing

Event Dates: Sunday April 27, 2014 – Sunday April 27, 2014

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MeditationThis workshop is an intensive introduction to the Mindfulness of Breathing meditation practice. Basic methods of setting up our meditation and the traditional Buddhist meditation form will taught.

Mindfulness of Breathing is a practice that helps us to develop a calm, clear, and focused mind. With mindfulness we develop concentration and awareness. A concentrated mind, flexible and alert, is poised for insight into the nature of mind and life itself.

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What Would the Buddha Do at Work?

Event Dates: Saturday May 10, 2014 – Saturday May 10, 2014

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whatwould_sm“Before Enlightenment, chop wood carry water, after Enlightenment, chop wood carry water.” (Zen saying)

In the “Keeping it Real: Practicing the Dharma off the Cushion” workshop series we will investigate how our everyday lives can express our Dharma practice. Each workshop will focus on a specific topic, and provide tools and guidance for navigating the trickier areas of our lives. Although each individual workshop will have a different format, they all will offer ample time for reflection and discussion of one’s own circumstances and experience.

This month’s workshop details still to be announced.  Please check back for more soon.

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Jun. Introduction to Meditation Workshop: Loving-kindness

Event Dates: Saturday June 14, 2014 – Saturday June 14, 2014

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MeditationThis workshop is an intensive introduction to the Metta Bhavana (Loving-kindness) meditation practice. Basic methods of setting up our meditation and the traditional Buddhist meditation form will taught.

Metta Bhavana (cultivation of loving-kindness) is a method of working with our hearts and mind together, allowing us to enjoy greater positivity towards others and ourselves. With practice, metta flowers into compassion and equanimity.

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Introduction to Visualization Practice: The Stupa

Event Dates: Sunday June 15, 2014 – Sunday June 15, 2014

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stupa_smDo you ever wonder if there is more to meditation practice than you are experiencing? When practicing the Mindfulness of Breathing, do you sometimes wonder what to do after you get to 10? Does your mind wander more than you’d like? Is metta sometimes hard to cultivate?

This workshop series, entitled “Meditation Tune Up: Ideas and Inspiration to Help Your Meditation Practice Thrive” will help revitalize your practice. Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of meditation practice and provide practical tips to help you move into a more deeply concentrated state of mind.

This month’s workshop is: Introduction to Visualization Practice: The Stupa

Visualization meditation practices are common in Buddhism. This workshop, led by Amala, will explore what visualization means, how visualization practice can benefit us, and introduce a traditional visualization from the Buddhist tradition: the Stupa Visualization.

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Ancient Wisdom Study Day: The Heart Sutra

Event Dates: Saturday July 19, 2014 – Saturday July 19, 2014

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Heart Sutra RetreatJoin Aryaloka’s senior Dharma teachers for study of suttas, sutras, and stories from throughout the Buddhist tradition. This month’s study is entitled “The Heart Sutra,” led by Amala.

At the heart of the Buddha’s teachings is an opening, a gateway to freedom and a radical way of seeing and living. One of the most direct and engaging expressions of this dimension of the teachings is the famous Heart Sutra, dating from around the first century B.C. In this mini retreat we will encounter the opportunity, the great opening that is the Heart Sutra, with recitation, discussion, contemplation and reflection. Some prior experience with basic Buddhism will be helpful.

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