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Overcoming Obstacles to Concentration

Online Program
Dates: Apr 10, 2024 - Jun 19, 2024

Instructor(s): Shaila Catherine

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Program Description:

Meditation practice cultivates inner peace, clarity, concentration, and joy. In order to experience these lovely qualities, we must overcome the challenges of agitation, dullness, obsessive thinking, physical pain, difficult emotions, and reactivity. In this program we will identify, investigate, and learn to skillfully overcome obstacles to concentration and insight.

Through inquiry into how the mind functions we will recognize the presence, absence, and causal conditions for hindrances, and transform habitual patterns that might obstruct wholesome states. Once the obstacles have been understood and overcome, the path to deep and stable states of concentration will be clear, and mindfulness of the processes of mind and body will be firmly established.

What to expect

This online program includes 6 content modules with:

recorded lectures

reading assignments

sutta study

guided meditations

peer led discussion forums

five optional group meetings with Shaila Catherine via Zoom


Participants are expected to have an established mindfulness-based meditation practice. 

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:

Optional Group Meeting Time: Every other Sunday (12:00-2:00 PM ET)

Optional Meeting Dates: April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16

Course material will become available on April 10.

Please note that sessions will be recorded and made available to participants within 48 hours of each session. Recordings remain available for two weeks from the program end date with the exception of one-time events, available indefinitely on our website.

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.

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.