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 – Liberating the Heart with Goodwill, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Equanimity
In this study we will develop our skills at starving/weakening the hindrances and strengthening/developing the seven factors of awakening. This fall we will be learning how to cultivate the natural process of awakening by taking responsibility for strengthening and balancing the specific mental qualities that inevitably lead to the deepening of insight and release.
- 2021 Meditations and Talks
- Four Reflections for Week 1 and 2, by Mark Nunberg
- Samadhi or Stability of Mind: The strengthening of the five jhanic factors and the abandoning of the five hindrances, by Mark Nunberg
- Four Stages of Metta Practice, by Mark Nunberg
- UNDERSTANDING THE PRACTICES OF THE FOUR DIVINE ABODES – Buddhist Studies Page
- What is Metta Meditation? , By Sharon Salzberg
- Liberating Emotions, by Ajahn Sumedho
- The Practices of the Divine Abodes: Kindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Equanimity, By Mark Nunberg
- Triumph of the Heart , By Joseph Goldstein, Tricycle, SPRING 2008
- 11 Benefits of Loving-Friendliness Meditation, By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana