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Introduction to a Soulmaking Dharma

Online Program
Dates: Jul 13, 2024 - Jul 14, 2024

Instructor(s): Yahel Avigur

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Program Description:
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Watch a video invitation from Yahel Avigur

Our Buddhist practice reveals that we are always participating in making the world through the ways we sense, see and act.

Understanding that perception is empty and shapeable, the Soulmaking practitioner learns to perceive themselves, others, and the world in Soulful ways.  

These are ways of sensing and seeing that open further dimensionality, reveal more meaningfulness and beauty, and restore and expand our senses of sacredness.

Some practitioners are finding Soulmaking Dharma, rooted in the Buddha's teaching of emptiness, ethics, and meditative training, to be a particularly resonant path of contemporary Buddhist practice.

In this introductory program we will consider four of the key themes in a Soulmaking Dharma: Desire, Imagination, Sacredness and Emptiness. Each session will include meditation practices, teachings, discussion, and inquiries with Sangha and whole group reflections.

This program is intended for experienced Dharma practitioners who:

• are interested in learning more about Soulmaking Dharma;

• recognize a desire for more of something they might term soul, beauty, or sacredness;

• can readily access a full body awareness in their meditation practice;

• have an open mind.

In 2024 the Introduction to a Soulmaking Dharma weekend will be led by Yahel Avigur, who will be introduced by Catherine McGee at the beginning of the program.

Watch an invitation by Catherine on YouTube.

Affinity space will be offered for the break-out sessions during this program. Please watch a ‘diversity of souls’ video where Catherine reflects on how our particularities are related to from the perspective of Soulmaking Dharma.

Starting in September this year, there will also be an online twelve-week intensive Foundations of a Soulmaking Dharma program for experienced and committed practitioners who have a desire to dedicate themselves to understanding and learning more about Soulmaking Dharma. This introduction weekend can serve as a ‘stand alone’ program for those who would like a short introduction to this work. Or, for those who might be interested in taking the longer fall program, it can serve to give a better sense of the Soulmaking Dharma before applying to the fall program.


Prerequisites:

This program is intended for experienced Dharma practitioners who:

• are interested in learning more about Soulmaking Dharma;

• recognize a desire for more of something they might term soul, beauty, or sacredness;

• can readily access a full body awareness in their meditation practice;

• have an open mind.

Please check the box to indicate that you meet these prerequisites.


Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. 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:

Saturday, July 13

9:00 – 11:00 am ET, Morning Session

1:00 – 3:00 pm ET, Afternoon session

Sunday, July 14

9:00 – 11:00 am ET, Morning Session

1:00 – 3:00 pm ET, Afternoon session


Please note that sessions will not be recorded.

Cancellation Policy:
Registration fees for all online programs are nonrefundable after the program start date. Cancellations prior to the program start date incur a $25 cancellation fee. Application-based and online Path programs incur a $100 cancellation fee.

DEI:
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):
  • 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 is training to teach Soulmaking Dharma, guided by Catherine McGee. Yahel is also trained in the Hakomi approach of assisted self-study.