Classes are an opportunity to explore aspects of the Buddha’s teachings (the dharma) and meditation instructions in depth. All classes include a combination of meditation, lesson, and discussion, aimed at finding the truth of the teachings within our own immediate experience.
Winter 2017 classes: Meditation Mechanics I (see below) and Meditation Mechanics II.
Meditation Mechanics I: Tools for an Efficient Practice
Sundays in February, 5:00-7:00 PM
Taught by Jennifer Carson
There is both an art and a science to meditation. In its scientific/technical dimension, we develop practical, concrete skills for working with the mind. This class covers that science: specific techniques for settling the mind on its meditation object and keeping it there, beginning with techniques for getting to the cushion every day without fail. The techniques aren’t fancy, but if they are applied skillfully and consistently, they can be effective in keeping the attention on the present moment. The goal is to engineer our practice so that it operates most effectively, so that we waste less time on the cushion and spend more time actually meditating.
The class will draw from the teachings/instructions of several of my influences, including Ajaan Geoff and Jack Kornfield, but the biggest influence is Culadasa, author of The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science. Each class will include instruction (with hand-outs), meditation, and discussion.
The class is suitable for those looking to recharge their established practices or those with fledgling practices who are ready to commit to daily meditation. Limited to 6 people.
The fee is $160. You must commit to the whole course and to sitting daily for its three weeks. Payment of the fee reserves your space. Please email us with questions or to make a reservation.