ONGOING CLASSES & GROUPS
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULLNESS MEDITAITON
A Six-Week Course at Show Me Dharma
You are cordially invited to an Introductory Course on Mindfulness Meditation. In this course we will contemplate our human experience through breathing and body awareness practices, investigate the nature of the mind, cultivate compassion for the thinking mind and our emotional states, and establish a practice for meeting our suffering and that of the world (racism, climate change, illness, etc.) with mindfulness, compassion and wise response.
Class 1: Introduction & Establishing a Practice
• Understanding Mindful Presence
• Working with the Breath
• Deepening Our Capacity for Presence
Class 2: Awakening in the Body
• Body Awareness Practices
• You are a Part of Everything Learning to Stay
Class 3: Mindfulness of Emotions
• Recognizing Our Emotions Naming Feelings
• Being and Not Being Feelings
Class 4: Freedom from Thoughts
• Lost in Thought
• Thoughts Are Real But Not True
• How Practice Moves us Beyond Thoughts & Feelings
Class 5: The Wise Heart
• The Practice of Metta for self and other RAIN
Class 6: Insight Meditation
• The 3 Characteristics
• Transcending the Small Sense of Self in Relationships and in Our Practice in The World
Each class will tentatively include an introduction to the theme of the day, periods of meditation, a dharma talk, pair or small group practice and discussion, Q&A. Throughout the 6 weeks I will be sending you suggested “homework” or “home/daily practice,” instructions and guidelines, answers to frequently asked questions, links to guided meditations, etc.
The class will be facilitated by Caya Tanski
To register, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19ESkwbkYK4ZxW85C6hbGVMunH_vscIXTptZd0B0CxX0/edit
or contact Caya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly Sitting Meditation
On Sunday morning (10-11 am) and Tuesday evenings (7:30-8:30 pm) we offer a 30-minute sitting meditation followed by a short dharma talk and discussion. Currently these sessions are offered on Zoom. They are led by a member of the Show Me Dharma teachers’ council. All are welcome. No registration required. For more information visit our FAQs
Monday Morning Class
Meets every Monday 8 - 9:30 am
The Monday morning class is a committed practice group that offers an opportunity to bring the practice of insight meditation into all aspects of daily life. It is for those with several months’ meditation experience. Participants register and commit to regular attendance of the meetings. The class is taught by Joe McCormack and is focused on a dharma book that Joe and the class have selected.
To register or get more information contact Joe McCormack at email@example.com.
Thursday Evening Class
Meets every Thursday 7 - 8:30 pm
The Thursday evening class offers an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the Buddha dharma with the support of committed spiritual friends. The class revolves around the reading of a foundational text that is discussed each week. We focus on how to integrate practice into our daily lives through questions and dialogue. The class is facilitated by a roster of senior students and teachers. Participants commit to daily practice, reading the material and participation in class. It is offered on a dana basis. To register or get more information contact Terry Furstenau at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sutta Study Class
Meets the 1st Monday of each month from 7-9 pm
The Sutta study class reads and discusses the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha. During each meeting we will begin with a short period of silent meditation, read aloud portions of the sutta readings and explore questions or comments you might have about the text. The focus is both on understanding the teachings and on how they are relevant to your own life and practice. The class is offered on a dana basis and registration is required. Contact Phil Jones at email@example.com for more information.