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. This ongoing program is designed to deepen our understanding through the study and application of the teachings of the Buddha. Each class will include a short talk, small-group discussions, and guided sitting time. Participants will be expected to use the teachings as a focus for their daily practice.
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Current Class – Mindfulness of Mind
This six week course is a continuation of our year-long study of the Buddha’s discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness. With mindfulness of the mind, the Buddha invites us to notice whether the mind is with or without greed, anger, or delusion. We can learn to discern whether the mind is contracted and distracted or whether the mind is open and still. Learning to recognize the shape and quality of the mind is the first step toward deepening insight and release.
“One thing you need to remember and understand is that you cannot leave the mind alone. It needs to be watched constantly. If you do not look after your garden it will overgrow with weeds. If you do not watch your mind, defilements will grow and multiply. The mind does not belong to you, but you are responsible for it.” Sayadaw U Tejaniya
- 2016 Meditations and Talks
- 2021 Meditations and Talks
- Guided Meditation – Mindfulness of Mind, Satipatthana Meditatation with Bhikkhu Analayo
- Third Foundation: Contemplation of Mind, by Bhikkhu Bodhi
- The Buddha’s third foundation of Mindfulness–mindfulness of the mind, Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (pronouns modified)
- Taking Responsibility for Our Thoughts: Reflections on the Vitakkasanthana Sutta, by Mark W. Muesse
- What is Papañca?, by Andrew Olendzki
- Tangled in Thought: How to beat your mind at its own game, By Kittisaro, Tricycle, WINTER 2014
- Comments from Sayadaw U Tejaniya on Thinking
- MN 19, Dvedhavitakka Sutta: Two Sorts of Thinking, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu