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Visceral Enlightenment: Somatic Practice as a Dharma Path
Dates: Dec 18, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Willa B. Baker, Martin Aylward

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We often think of meditation as a mental practice. But what if meditation is understood as a bodily practice? In what ways might the Buddhist path to liberation be a somatic practice of an ever-deepening attunement to the wisdom of our bodies? Join Willa Baker and Martin Aylward as together they explore the importance of the body for the practice of the dharma. Drawing on their recent books—The Wakeful Body and Awake Where You Are—Willa and Martin will engage in a dialogue on the role of the body as a guide for awakening.

NDF-WW-logo-stacked-color_75.png We are happy to be collaborating on this event with Wonderwell Mountain Refuge and the Natural Dharma Fellowship.


Online Event: This event will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. The schedule for this event (listed in US Eastern Time) is:

Saturday, December 18

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here. The recorded session will be available to registered participants 48 hours after the program.

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 contact@buddhistinquiry.org..

  • Willa Blythe Baker, PhD is the founder and spiritual director of Natural Dharma Fellowship and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She was authorized as a lineage holder (lama) in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism after twelve years of monastic training and two consecutive three-year retreats.  She was Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School from 2013 to 2017.  She is a member of Clark University’s Council of the Uncertain Human Future, sits on the Advisory Board for One Earth Sangha, and is on the contemplative faculty of the Mind and Life Institute. Willa is the author of several books including The Wakeful Body: Somatic Mindfulness as a Path to Freedom (Shambhala Publications, 2021), The Arts of Contemplative Care (with Dr. Cheryl Giles, Wisdom Publications, 2012) and Everyday Dharma (Quest Books, 2009).

  •  Martin Aylward began dharma practice and study at age nineteen, spending several years in Asian monasteries and with Himalayan hermits. He has been teaching worldwide since 1999. Martin co-founded Moulin de Chaves, the retreat center where he lives and teaches in SW France, and the online dharma community Sangha Live. He is married with two adult children, and integrates dharma into daily life with programs like Work Sex Money Dharma. His latest book is Awake Where You Are (2021).


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