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.
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.
Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.