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Sense Experience, Insight, and Equanimity

Online Program
Dates: Dec 10, 2022 - Dec 11, 2022

Instructor(s): Ayya Dhammadīpā

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Course Description:

Buddhist traditions have understood the mind to be the sixth sense organ and thinking to be a sensation like smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing. What is it like to experience the mind as a sense organ? And how does that experience shift our relationship to the other five sense organs? This retreat focuses on the six sense organs as doorways to insight and sense experiences as opportunities to practice in ways that lead to equanimity. We will focus particular attention on the Discourse on the Analysis of the Six Sense Fields (the Saḷāyatanavibhaṅga Sutta). In addition to sutta study, this retreat will include guided meditation, group discussion, and Dhamma talks.

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:

Saturday, December 10

8:00 - 9:30 am, Opening Session

2:00 - 3:30 pm, Afternoon Session

Sunday, December 11

8:00 - 9:30 am, Morning Session

11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Closing Session

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:
There are no cancellation fees for donation-based programs.

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):
  • Ayya Dhammadīpā is the founder of Dassanāya Buddhist Community. She is a dual lineage teacher - a fully ordained bhikkhuni in the Theravāda tradition, and a Dharma transmitted teacher in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage of Sōtō Zen. The shift in her practice from Zen to the Theravāda tradition is a natural extension of her longtime metta practice and study of the Pāli suttas. Ayya has been practicing Buddhism since 1987. In addition to English, she teaches in Spanish, an expression of her Latin heritage. Ayya is also an author whose writings have been published in the "Lion's Roar" and "Buddhadharma" magazines. Her recent book is titled, “Gifts Greater Than the Oceans: Benefits of the Buddhist Practice of Giving.” She is mother to a lovely adult daughter, and she enjoys watercolor painting and sewing.