The Buddhist Studies Program is designed for people who have attended three or more mindfulness meditation retreats and have a commitment to daily meditation practice. The course includes dharma talks, small and large group discussions, and guided sitting time. Participants will be expected to use the teachings as a focus of their meditation and daily life practice. Led by Mark Nunberg.
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Karma and Dependent Origination
This class will begin with the study of the Buddha’s teachings on Karma – that intention matters. With a grounding in understanding the conditional nature of experience we will examine the Buddha’s insights into the causes of suffering and its release. The course includes Dharma talks, small and large group discussions, and guided sitting time. Participants will be expected to use the teachings as a focus of their meditation and daily life practice. Led by Mark Nunberg.
Eight Mondays, September 17 – November 5, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Register here.
Optional Sitting Period, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
It might be helpful during this course to keep in mind the last part of the Buddha’s five remembrances. It reads, “I am the owner of my karma (intentional actions), heir to my karma, related to my karma, supported by my karma. Whatever karma I shall do, for good or for ill, of that will I be the heir.”
- Cause and Effect: Reflecting on the Law of Karma, by Joseph Goldstein
- The Issue at Hand – Chapter 7: Karma, by Gil Fronsdal
- The Buddha’s Baggage: Everything you wanted to know about karma but were afraid to ask, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Tricycle, Winter 2016
- Kamma and the End of Kamma, by Ajahn Sucitto
- Understanding Karma: Cause and Effect, from Seeking the Heart of Wisdom, Chapter 10, by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield