I am excited to announce the Foundations and Fundamentals course will begin on Weds February 17. Please see the description and registration link below. This course will be my only public teaching offering for the next couple of months though I plan to schedule others soon. I hope you can join me in this deep dive into the practice of Satipatthana, the foundations of mindfulness.
Yours in the Dharma,
The Direct Path: Mindfulness Foundations and Fundamentals
Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 pm PST
February 17- March 24, 2021 (six weeks)
Cost: $250 Please e-mail me, firstname.lastname@example.org if the cost is an obstacle to you attending.
There is an old saying that to practice meditation without a conceptual understanding is like trying to climb a mountain without eyes and that studying concepts without practicing meditation is like trying to climb a mountain without feet. In this six week series, we will explore the foundations of mindfulness rooted in the earliest and most extensive Buddhist text on the practice of mindfulness, the Maha-satipatthana Sutta. We will look at this discourse from a first-person, practical perspective, mining it for insights into how to approach our meditation practice, both on the cushion and in all aspects of our daily lives.
As we practice and explore this ancient teaching, we will draw on perspectives from both ancient and modern masters and scholars. Their commentaries on this teaching as well as the practice techniques they developed as refinements of the method can be of immense benefit and support in walking the path. The discourse contains many foundational Buddhist teachings including the Five Aggregates, the Six Sense Bases, and a detailed unpacking of the Four Noble Truths perhaps the most central teaching to all Buddhist Schools.
This series is suitable for new students as well as seasoned practitioners. It will give you a firm foundation and a clear view of how to practice so that you can become independent in the practice and use this challenging time as fertile soil for a radical flowering of the heart.
Classes will consist of short didactic sessions, small group dialogue and inquiry, and guided practice sessions.
In order to get the most out of this series, it is recommended that you commit from one to three hours per day to your own meditation practice outside of our group meetings for the duration of the course.
Our Guiding Teacher, Will Kabat-Zinn
Will Kabat-Zinn is an Insight Meditation teacher based in the Bay Area. He spent his early practice years at the Insight Meditation Society practicing with Larry Rosenberg, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and others and later at Panditarama Forrest Meditation Center under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita. Will was deeply influenced by his friendship with Dr. Rina Sircar who carried the lineage of Mingun Sayadaw through her teacher Taungpulu Sayadaw, and by the fierce compassion of Chan Master Shen Yen who he met and practiced with in New York. Will lives in the East Bay with his wife and two sons and is a member of the Spirit Rock teacher council.