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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; learn to apply the lay precepts in the complexity and nuance of their own modern lives through intra & interpersonal dialogue; reinvigorate their relationship to the precepts and reaffirm them as the baseline of their 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.

CEU's: The application for 12 continuing education credits for psychologists and social workers has been submitted for this course.   We are not able to offer CEU's for Counselors (NBCC).  Please contact us at (978-355-2347/contact@buddhistinquiry) for the status of CE accreditation. Click here for more information.

  • Craig Hase PhD and Devon Hase teach meditation workshops and retreats throughout North America and Europe. Devon is in the IMS teacher training, serves on retreat teams at IMS and Spirit Rock, and coaches meditators on Ten Percent Happier. Craig holds a PhD in counseling psychology, works as a therapist and coach, and teaches on the online platform Simple Habit.

  • Devon Hase and Craig Hase teach meditation workshops and retreats throughout North America and Europe. Devon is in the IMS teacher training, serves on retreat teams at IMS and Spirit Rock, and coaches meditators on Ten Percent Happier. Craig holds a PhD in counseling psychology, works as a therapist and coach, and teaches on the online platform Simple Habit.