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Wisdom, Practice, Community: An Introduction to Buddhist Inquiry
Dates: May 06, 2020 - May 10, 2020
Days: Wed - Sun (4 Nights)

Instructor(s): William Edelglass, Jessica Morey

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The Buddha invites his listeners to come and see for themselves whether the path he teaches is transformative. The Buddhist path includes three kinds of activity: practices that cultivate wisdom or insight; practices that cultivate mental discipline or contemplation; and practices that cultivate ethical attentiveness to others. This course is an introduction to the Buddhist path. We will explore the insights that are foundational to Buddhist traditions. We will deepen our practice of meditation, learning and refining some of the contemplative practices that have been most supportive and nourishing on the path. And recognizing our many differences, we will seek to create a community that is open, attentive, and supportive of each other. Together, we will come and see for ourselves, to practice a Buddhist inquiry of wisdom, attention, and ethical community.

Learning Intentions:

To understand for oneself, and in one’s own way, some of the foundational insights of Buddhist traditions; learn and deepen one’s practice of some of the basic meditations in Buddhist traditions; develop a sense for how we as contemporary practitioners are situated in Buddhist traditions.

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:

Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

  • William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He is a scholar-practitioner with a background in several Buddhist traditions. William’s writings explore a wide variety of questions in Buddhist studies, environmental studies, phenomenology, ethics, literature and aesthetics, climate change, well-being, and the science of meditation. He has taught in diverse settings, including dharma centers, higher education—he is currently Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Marlboro College, VT—a federal prison in New York, the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, in Dharamsala, India, and for many years William led wilderness trips for Outward Bound and other organizations.

  • Jessica Morey is the executive director and lead teacher of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, a nonprofit organization bringing in-depth mindfulness and compassion training to teens, young adults and the parents and professionals who support them. She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by IMS. She is currently in the IMS 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program. Jessica has attended longer retreats in Asia and the US, and is a founding board member and lead teacher for iBme teen retreats. Before joining iBme, Jessica worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance. She holds a BA in Environmental Engineering and Masters degrees in Sustainable Development and International Affairs. She loves dancing, yoga, and being outside pretty much whatever the weather.

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