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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.