A 12-week Series with Meg Agnew
Fridays 8:00-9:20 am
September 16 – December 9
The intention of this program is to encourage a deepening of our meditation practice and, within the refuge of sangha (spiritual community), to share insights and support for living with wisdom and compassion. We'll begin each of our 12 meetings with a half-hour of meditation followed by an investigation of One Dharma by Joseph Goldstein.
In writing this book, Joseph Goldstein, who was instrumental in shepherding the Thai forest Buddhist tradition to the United States, created a classic text. In part, he wrote One Dharma not to compare the various Buddhist traditions as much as to illuminate all that unifies them. However, an even greater motivation was, in the author's own words, as “an inquiry born from my own meditation practice and from a compelling interest in understanding—and realizing—the essence of freedom.” This is a guide full of the distilled wisdom of the suttas, Joseph's own practice, and the clear seeing of the many teachers who have influenced him along his journey.
“Brimming with wisdom and compassion, One Dharma offers a brilliant map of the spiritual path.” ~Daniel Goleman
In keeping with the tradition of Theravadan Buddhism, the teachings will be freely offered. Participants are encouraged to make a donation (dana) of any amount for the instruction. To pay for the costs of using the studio and its resources, a registration fee of $84 is requested. (Scholarships are available.) There will be no meeting on November 25th.
Note: There are folding chairs, blankets, bolsters, mats, and other props at the studio for our use.
A series allows your teacher to teach progressively and to tailor the class, theme or goal as they get to know each individual over time. Staying with one group for several weeks also builds commitment, community, and understanding for both the student and the teacher. Research shows that we learn better, feel discomfort less, and are more optimistic when we feel included in community. Our series classes build that kind of inclusion.