The Buddha is remembered as saying that the religious life stands on two legs: focused attention and the voice of another. Traditionally, the former refers to methods of practice and cultivation, while the latter points to anything, including texts, that changes one’s way of seeing and engaging the world. In this course, we will examine little known stories about women in the Buddha’s life and explore how they change how we see a life of reflection and practice. In doing so, we will be expanding the range of texts that are generally used as a resource for Buddhist teaching as well as the repertoire of tools and practices that can be used for sacred reading. This course is part of a larger project that aims to provide new translations of stories about women in the Buddha’s life and to provide both context for understanding Buddhist heritage and resources for allowing that heritage to speak in our modern world. Women’s stories will be drawn from a variety of Buddhist traditions, and a wide range of reading practices will be used, from meditative to group reflection.
Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:
Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.
This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.