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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The Three Refuges
Please join in for this eight week course examining the traditional three refuges as the central practice of clarifying and strengthening one’s spiritual aspiration and path. Without this ongoing deepening of understanding regarding the means and ends of spiritual practice we tend to pick and choose what we like from the many choices that exist today. The Buddhist practice of taking refuge as a conscious intentional act goes against the stream of our habit energies and our culture. We are developing an allegiance toward an intimate and clear connection with the present moment and the kind and skillful engagement that flows from that.
Eight Mondays, September 11 – October 30; 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Optional Sitting Period, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
(Recorded during July – August 2012 Class)
- Ajahn Sumedho, Now is the Knowing, chapter on Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha
- Pema Chodron on Taking Refuge, Excerpt from: The Wisdom of No Escape
- Taking Refuge: The Decision to Become a Buddhist by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche – Shambhala Sun, May 2001
- Going for Refuge by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
- The Threefold Refuge by Nyanaponika Thera
- Taking Refuge, Talk by Tara Brach
- Three Refuge Chanting from Plum Village
- Three Refuge Protection Ceremony: From two Dharma Talks by Tara Brach