Buddhist Essentials – The Seven Factors of Awakening
Special Note: Until further notice, all events at SIMS are either paused or will meet remotely via Zoom software. Current event status and links are on the Online Events page.
This class is part of a nine month series on some of the essential teachings of Buddhism. The classes will include sitting meditation, dhamma talks, group discussions and will have monthly suggestions for practice. People may join the whole series or participate in individual classes as they prefer or are able to.
The classes will be on the third Wednesday of the month from March 2021 through November 2021. The specific dates are: 3/17/21, 4/21/21, 5/19/21, 6/16/21, 7/21/21, 8/18/21, 9/15/21. 10/20/21, 11/17/21. There will also be two daylong retreats related to this series: Saturday July 24, 2021 – Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Saturday Dec 11, 2021 – the Brahma Viharas. Please check the calendar for last minute changes.
These classes will be taught by SIMS’ Local Dharma Leaders (LDLs) Lyndal Johnson, Sooz Appel, Susan Alotrico, Lauren Wilson, Aravind Moorthy, Steve Wilhelm, and Jerry Harter.
The classes are open to anyone with experience in mindfulness meditation equivalent to SIMS Introductory Meditation Class. While the class will be accessible to beginners, it will also be substantive enough for experienced practitioners.
Upcoming Class Schedule
Oct. 20 The Five Aggregates – with Lauren Wilson and Sooz Appel
The Five Aggregates (form, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness) show how we create an illusory sense of self moment by moment. By examining them we can come to understand how we are not so much a solid self as we may have thought.
Nov. 17 The Brahma Viharas – with Lauren Wilson and Susan Alotrico
How do we cultivate energies that encourage our capacity for caring and compassion toward ourselves and others? In this class we will explore developing in our daily lives the brahma viharas, also called the four immeasurables: loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.
REGISTRATION AND DONATION
Registration is not needed for this class series. The suggested donation for a single evening event is $5, plus teacher dana. (Dana is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving). Dana for SIMS can be offered online here. Indicate ‘Buddhist Essentials SIMS dana’ in the comments field.
Teacher dana can be offered online using a PayPal link provided at the zoom event. The LDLs will be sharing all teacher dana equally for the entire series. No particular LDL needs to be specified.
Please use your best efforts to pay the suggested donation or another heartfelt amount. All are welcome regardless of ability to pay.
If you have questions about this class or for the teacher, please contact [email protected]