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Ethics in Dialogue
Dates: Aug 13, 2020 - Aug 16, 2020
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): Craig Hase, Devon Hase

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This course brings together a close reading of a classic text from the Pali Canon (The Five Faultless Gifts) with an embodied, interpersonal exploration of lived experience. The focus will be ethics, in particular the five precepts, viewed through the lens of restraint (what not to do) and virtue (what to do). Through lecture, contemplative meditation, and above all, through open-ended and semi-structured Bohmian dialogue, participants will be led through a series of community-focused queries, gathering around issues of action in the contemporary world, with its tensions of race, class, gender, power, livelihood, and other possibilities for right action and awakening.

Learning Intentions:

To gain greater understanding of the textual tradition of the Buddhist precepts through a close reading of the Five Faultless Gifts; to enter experientially into the frameworks of “restraint” and “virtue” through lecture and discussion; to apply the lay precepts in the complexity and nuance of our own modern lives through intra & interpersonal dialogue; to reinvigorate our relationship to the precepts and reaffirm them as the baseline of dhamma practice; and to gain support and insight from each other for how to make the precepts relevant in today’s world.

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:

Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

  • Craig Hase, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher. He began intensive meditation training in 1994, and lived at a Zen monastery for six years before earning a PhD from UW-Madison's counseling psychology program, where he had the good fortune to learn from renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson. He has designed mindfulness-based curricula for hospitals and schools, teaches meditation on Simple Habit, and leads meditation workshops with his partner Devon in the US and Europe.

  • Devon Hase, MAT, MFA, began meditation training in 2001. After spending a decade as a classroom teacher of high school and community college students, she entered a two-year period of retreat. Following this, Devon was invited to be a part of the IMS teacher training. Currently, Devon coaches meditators on the 10% Happier app, writes curriculum for Healthy Minds, assists retreats at IMS and Spirit Rock, and leads trainings in the US and Europe.