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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Event Dates: 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings, April 15 – May 20, 7 – 9 pm
In this ‘intermediate’ meditation course we’ll work with the foundation practices of Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (and Brahmaviharas if you know them). We’ll take an honest look at our practice of meditation and explore how to progress and transform in a meaningful way. We do not want to simply go round and round in mental habits. We want to slow the merry-go-round and step off into expanded views and awareness. We will explore what is actually happening in our practice and how to stay on the vital living edge of what we know about meditation and how we practice.
Topics that may come up in our exploration include obstacles to practice. How do we recognize these when they become habitual or very subtle? Do we really need to have no thoughts during meditation? Another topic will be how to find joy in our practice and let it support us to stay on track.
Anyone who has experience of regular meditation practice and who is familiar with Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana is welcome on the course.
Dharmacharini Amala, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, has been teaching meditation since 1999. She began practicing when still a teenager and still finds every sit a fresh experience. She recently returned from spending the winter in the mountains of Spain where she co-led a retreat on the Brahmaviharas and a monthlong silent meditation retreat.
|Led by:||Dh. Amala|
|Times:||7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.|
|Fee:||Sliding Scale $100/85/65|
Event Dates: 4 Consecutive Wednesdays, May 6th – May 27th 10am -12pm
This four-week course provides a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of sitting meditation practice. During the course, two different meditation practices will be taught: the Mindfulness of Breathing and Meditation on Loving Kindness. These are traditional Buddhist meditation techniques dating back to the time of the Buddha, although one does not need to be a Buddhist or have Buddhist beliefs to practice them.
Attention will be given to the benefits of meditation, meditation posture, and working with difficulties in meditation. There will be ample opportunity for questions and answers. This course is suitable for complete newcomers to meditation practice as well as those who have meditated previously but would like a refresher.
|Led by:||Dh. Bodhana|
|Times:||10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.|
|Fee:||Sliding Scale $65/55/45|
|Level:||Open to All|
Year-long monthly workshop series
Event Dates: 2nd Sunday of each month
January 11, 2015 – Sunday December 14, 2015
Register for this Event (please register for the full year by January 11, 2015)
“If we want to make progress [on the Buddhist Path] and continue to make progress there must be a radical change… from the Path of Irregular Steps to the Path of Regular Steps.” ~ Sangharakshita, p. 131, Guide to the Buddhist Path.
Perhaps you set a goal for 2015 to ‘get serious’ about your practice. Perhaps you want to make connections with others in our local sangha who are seriously committed to following a spiritual path. Perhaps you want to get your practice back on track.
Aryaloka will provide a program in 2015 to help you attain your goals. The Path of Practice is open to those who want to deepen their practice in 2015. The Path of Practice will offer monthly meetings on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:00 am and concluding at 1:00 pm. The first meeting is Sunday, January 11. Amala and Khemavassika will facilitate the series and they will be joined by various order members who will lead meetings.
What will each morning consist of? While each meeting will differ, shrine room practice will be important – meditation, puja. Some mornings will feature sutta or sutra study, others may have a talk. There will be the opportunity to share your experiences with others in the program.
Who can participate? The series in open to order members, mitras and anyone who has come along to Aryaloka for a while and can commit to participating for the entire series. This is key – we will create a spiritual community within a spiritual community, making it important to agree to participate consistently.
Please register with the office. If you have questions, please contact Khemavassika, in Amala’s absence (Khemavassika@gmail.com). Fees for the series are offered on a sliding scale fee – there is an option to pay for the series on a quarterly basis.
Photo Credit: Dh. Dharmasuri
|Led by:||Amala and Khemavassika|
|Times:||Second Sunday of each month; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|Fee:||Sliding Scale $480/$400/$320|
|Level:||Open to All|