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Wise Speech: An Introduction to Mindful Communication

Online Program
Dates: Jul 07, 2023 - Aug 11, 2023

Instructor(s): Oren Jay Sofer

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Course Description:

Communication is at the heart of our lives – personally, professionally, and spiritually. This six-week online program with author and meditation teacher Oren Jay Sofer offers training in the foundations of an integrated approach to communication.

Drawing upon the Buddha’s teachings on the Noble Eightfold Path, mindfulness and Right Speech, plus the modern disciplines of Nonviolent Communication and trauma healing, the curriculum offers concrete tools to hold one’s own while still hearing others, and to engage effectively and efficiently in collaboration. You will learn to:

• Engage in effective dialogue

• Feel more confident in conversation

• Strengthen your capacities for empathy and resilience

• Identify and stay focused on what really matters in any interaction

Through a combination of mindfulness practices, guided reflections, and interactive exercises, participants will develop a stronger sense of presence, greater access to compassion, and more versatile, clearer communication. This program is appropriate for both experienced and newer students, therapists, school teachers, chaplains and other helping professionals.

Each live, 75 minute core session includes:

• Teachings on a key aspect of meditation and interpersonal communication

• Expert instruction on integrating meditative principles into conversation

• Guided meditations on cognitive, emotional and somatic aspects of communication

• Illustrative examples of the intersection between spiritual practice and relationship

The program also includes: 

• Weekly, 75-minute live interactive Q&A with the teacher

• Weekly practice assignments and journal topics

• Optional weekly calls with a practice buddy

• Access to program recordings (audio and video)

Who is this program for?

This program is appropriate for those newer to Buddhist meditation and/or Nonviolent Communication, as well as for experienced practitioners seeking to deepen their skills. Past students include: psychologists, therapists, doctors, nurses and healthcare practitioners, chaplains, teachers, writers, artists, life coaches, lawyers, police, engineers, civil servants, and many more.

For further information and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit Oren's webpage here.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.

Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. 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: Fridays, 12:00-2:00 pm Eastern

Meeting Dates: July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11

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:
There are no cancellation fees for donation-based programs.

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.