As serious practitioners, the first stage of awakening, sotāpanna or stream enterer, merits our attention because, presumably, this is what most of us are working on. Three of the ten fetters (samyojana) are uprooted at this stage—skeptical doubt (vicikicchā), attachment to rites and rituals (sīlabataparāmāsa), and self-identity view (sakkāyadtthi). During this four-day course we will explore the meaning of each of these with an eye toward understanding them and eventually uprooting them. This course is intended for graduates of the ISP Program or the Entering the Path Online course, both offered earlier at BCBS. It will include contemplation of the suttas, Dharma talks and reflections on this topic, and group discussions. Most of the day will be spent in silent meditation practice, directly and experientially exploring the material covered in the teachings.
This course is for ISPP or Entering the Path graduates only.