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Foundations of a Soulmaking Dharma

Online Program
Dates: Sep 04, 2022 - Dec 04, 2022

Instructor(s): Catherine McGee, Yahel Avigur

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Course Description:

This online intensive is a contemplative and thoughtful look into the Soulmaking Dharma teachings.  For more information, please visit the course page.

Rooted in the Buddha's teaching of emptiness, ethics and meditative training, Soulmaking Dharma is a rich and resonant contemporary flowering of the Dharma.

Our Buddhist practice reveals to us that perception is empty and shapeable. We see that we inevitably participate in making the world through the ways we sense and see. Understanding this, the soulmaking practitioner learns to open and tune their heart, body, imagination, desire and intellect to form an instrument for soulful perception: sensing and seeing self, others, and world in ways that bring more beauty, dimensionality, and meaningfulness, and that restore, open, and expand senses of sacredness.

Here, the depths and subtleties of meditative practice, the particularities of the individual and their personal journeys, and the gifts, complexities, and sufferings of our time can all find their specific place in a responsive, intelligent, and soulful Dharma.

Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. We encourage you to participate as fully as you are able. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

9 Sunday Course meetings led by Catherine McGee and Yahel 

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM US ET-September 11th, 18th, 25th, Oct. 9, 16, 30, Nov. 6, 20, 27 (90 min.)

Optional Live Meditation and short discussion-Thursdays-12:45-1:45 PM ET

Optional Connect and Digest: A drop in for connection around this course, checking in and mutual support during digestion week. Michele Ku, a long term Soulmaking Dharma student/CDL teacher will open the space for those who would like to connect. Sundays: October 2nd, October 23rd, November 12th at 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Optional Affinity group spaces will be offered to participants of the course on the 3 Saturdays at the end of each digestion week: October 1st, October 22nd and November 12th.

Upon acceptance into the course, participants will be placed in small Home Groups of four. They will have an opportunity to ask to be in a group with others who may share an essential identity/social location and who may ask for this.

Please note that sessions will be recorded and will be available within 48 hours of each session for courses and 48 hours of the final session for retreats and events. These recordings are not downloadable. Retreat recordings will be available for 2 weeks and event recordings will be available indefinitely.

Cancellation Policy:
Registration fees for online programs are nonrefundable after the program start date. Cancellations prior to the program start date will incur a $25 cancellation fee. For intensive, application-based programs, the cancellation fee is $50.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Catherine McGee  has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats internationally since 1999.  She is a member of the Gaia House teacher council, teaches yearly at IMS and BCBS and is a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha – a web-based sangha exploring Buddhist responses  to the climate and ecological crises. She collaborated closely with Rob Burbea in shaping and teaching "A Soulmaking Dharma" from 2014 -2020.

  • Yahel Avigur is a teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition. He completed his teacher-training in 2020 under the guidance of Rob Burbea, with a particular emphasis on Emptiness and Jhana practices.Currently he's in training for teaching Soulmaking Dharma, guided by Catherine McGee. Yahel is also trained in Hakomi approach of assisted self study.