The image of the Buddha’s “Approach from the Middle” is likely the most famous metaphor of his Teaching. It is seen variously as the path between two extremes, the eightfold path itself, occasionally as a broad and beaten track, and sometimes the blurry trail of compromise.
This study retreat offers a closer look at the astonishingly different faces of this metaphor, beginning with the Pāli discourses and a glance at Nāgārjuna. It focuses on tracing some of its varied interpretations and sketches an invigorating vision of a “middle teaching” and its corresponding “middle practice.” Each day will include two daily study-blocks with lectures, reading, and exploration in small groups, framed by meditation in sitting, walking, and noble silence.
The format of this study-retreat includes dedicated periods of both noble silence and mindful speech.
Prerequisite required: At least one week-long silent meditation retreat as well as a readiness for engaging in the mixed format of meditation and study, reading and interpreting texts.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
Three spaces will be held for self-identified BIPOC participants until eight weeks before this course begins when they will be released generally. Therefore, we encourage you to join the waitlist even if the course appears full as additional spaces may become available. Please see our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies for more information.
As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse 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 email@example.com.