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What is a Dharma Teacher For? Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship

Online Program
Dates: Feb 05, 2023 - Feb 26, 2023

Instructor(s): Nico Hase, Devon Hase

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Most Buddhist traditions consider the teacher-student relationship central to the path of awakening. Yet different traditions understand the teacher-student relationship in radically disparate ways. In this course, we will examine the similarities and differences of teacher-student relationships in the Mahasi tradition, Soto Zen, and Kagyu Vajrayana as a context for exploring our own thoughts, emotions, and experiences as students walking the Buddhist path.

Topics will include:

The teacher-student relationship in the Mahasi tradition as an opportunity for precise instruction

The teacher-student relationship in Soto Zen as an expression of commitment

The teacher-student relationship in Kagyu Vajrayana as a path of devotion

Contemporary trends in the teacher-student relationship 

Help and harm in the teacher-student relationship 

Through a weave of lecture, reflection, dialogue, and storytelling, participants will explore their own histories, feelings, beliefs, and biases in relation to being a student, studying with teachers, and walking the path of awakening.


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:

Meeting Time: Sundays, 7:00-8:30 pm ET

Meeting Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26 


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:
Registration fees for online programs are nonrefundable after the program start date. Cancellations prior to the program start date will incur a $25 cancellation fee. For intensive, application-based programs, the cancellation fee is $50.

DEI:
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):
  • Nico Hase, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher. He began intensive meditation training in 1994, and lived at a Zen monastery for six years before earning a PhD from UW-Madison's counseling psychology program, where he had the good fortune to learn from renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson. He has designed mindfulness-based curricula for hospitals and schools, teaches meditation on Simple Habit, and leads meditation workshops with his partner Devon in the US and Europe.

  • Devon Hase, MAT, MFA, began meditation training in 2001. After spending a decade as a classroom teacher of high school and community college students, she entered a two-year period of retreat. Following this, Devon was invited to be a part of the IMS teacher training. Currently, Devon coaches meditators on the 10% Happier app, writes curriculum for Healthy Minds, assists retreats at IMS and Spirit Rock, and leads trainings in the US and Europe.