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Wise Speech: The Foundations of Mindful Communication
Dates: Jun 14, 2021 - Jul 22, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Oren Jay Sofer

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Communication is at the heart of our lives – personally, professionally, and spiritually. This six-week online course 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 class 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 course recordings (audio and video)

WHO’S IT FOR?

This course 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.

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Oren Jay Sofer is a nationally recognized teacher of meditation, mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, and co-author of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents. Oren is co-founder of Mindful Healthcare and the founder of Next Step Dharma, an innovative online program that helps meditators integrate their retreat experiences into daily life.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse 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.


Online Course: This course will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:


Meeting Schedule: Mondays and Thursdays 7:45 – 9:00 pm EDT between June 14 and July 22

Meeting Dates: June 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31, July 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, and 22 


Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here. Meetings will be recording and uploading within 36 hours. 



  • Oren Jay Sofer has practiced meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition since 1997. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma, a Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer, and a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers’ Council. Oren is the Founder of Next Step Dharma and author of the book, Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.