Buddhist Essentials – The Seven Factors of Awakening (Online only)
Through discussion and practical exercises of the Seven Factors of Awakening, we will explore how awareness of these mind states helps us to let go of unwholesome tendencies and to cultivate wholesome ones, in both formal practice and our daily lives.
Special Note: This event will meet remotely via Zoom software. Current event status and links are on the Online Events page.
This class is part of a ten 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 February 2022 through November 2022. The specific dates are: 2/16/22, 3/16/22, 4/20/22, 5/18/22, 6/15/22, 7/20/22, 8/17/22, 9/21/22, 10/19/22, 11/16/22. There will also be three daylong retreats related to this series: Saturday May 14th – The Paramis; Saturday July 23rd – Four Foundations of Mindfulness; and Saturday November 19th – Brahma Viharas.
These classes will be taught by SIMS’ Local Dharma Leaders (LDLs) Lyndal Johnson, Sooz Appel, Susan Alotrico, Lauren Wilson, Aravind Moorthy, Steve Wilhelm, Dane DuBose 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. 19 The Five Aggregates – with Sooz Appel and Lyndal Johnson
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. 16 The Brahma Viharas and Heart Practices – with Ara Moorthy and Dane DuBose
How do we cultivate energies that encourage our capacity for caring and compassion toward ourselves and others? In this class we will explore the heart practices called the brahma viharas – loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. We will also consider other qualities of the heart including generosity and forgiveness
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 firstname.lastname@example.org