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Transformative Teachings: Sutta Study Inspired by the Daughters of Buddha

Online Program
Dates: Oct 06, 2024 - Dec 15, 2024

Instructor(s): Shaila Catherine

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Program Description:

Buddhist teachings contain many inspiring stories of ordinary people whose lives were transformed when they encountered the Dharma. For people who met the Buddha more than two millennia ago as well as for contemporary meditators, Dharma teachings can spark life-altering reflections, open the mind to new possibilities, ignite creative insights, affirm profound understandings, and expand one’s potential in life.

This 6-session online program explores a variety of transformative teachings through the extraordinary stories of select disciples of the Buddha. As we learn about the historic impact that dharma teachings have had on the lives of the early disciples, we will explore how these teachings guide our practice today. We will observe the vital role that mindfulness and concentration play on a liberating path; recognize the courage needed to overcome obstacles; reflect on the inevitability of death; contemplate impermanence in all perceptions; cultivate wise attention to the body; practice letting go; clarify what matters most; and nourish compassion, generosity, and community connections.

The program will loosely follow the book Daughters of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Anālayo. We will explore various themes referred to in the book and follow tangents for discussion with additional readings and practices drawn from the suttas. The program will include teachings, group discussions, meditation, and suggested practices.

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:

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

Meeting Dates: Oct 6, Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 15

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.