Upcoming Sati Center Events Upcoming Sati Center Events Posted May 21, 2022 The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies is sponsoring the following upcoming events. “The Original Body Scan: 32 Parts of the Body Meditation Discovering Freedom within the Body” with Bob Stahl, PhD The Sati Center will be offering a 8 week course with Bob Stahl, PhD on “32 Parts of the Body Meditation”. This practice will cultivate deeper insight into the true nature of the body and most importantly to help see through the identifications, conditionings, beliefs, and narratives – the erroneous view of self. It has also been used for healing illness. Various methods will be taught to strengthen mindfulness of the body and to explore the mind/body connection. Classes will be held Wednesdays, September 14 to November 2, 2022, at 6:30-8:30PM Pacific Time over Zoom. For more information and tuition costs, visit the Sati Center website. This course is eligible for 12 hours of Continuing Education credit. Tuesdays, July 12, August 9, September 13 ⋅7:30 – 9:00pm PDT, Avoid All Evil, Do Good, Purify the Mind with Santussika Bhikkhuni – via Zoom In this 3-session course, we will delve into how to live by this teaching of all the Buddhas (Dhammapada 183). Using passages from the Pali suttas as our basis for discussion and practice, we will explore questions drawn from life experience. Each session will include instruction, meditation and discussion. Depending on the number of attendees, we might include short break-out sessions in small groups. Wednesdays, July 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 7:30 – 8:30pm PDT, The Way to the Beyond: A Study of the Pārāyanavagga with Sujato Bhikkhu – via Zoom The Sutta Nipata culminates with a moving series of questions from sixteen brahmins to the Buddha, wrapped in a devotional narrative. It is unique in its literary form and emotional impact, and the questions by the brahmin students reveal them to be advanced practitioners with a sincere desire to learn. The chapter is quoted in the Suttas themselves, and remains a touchstone to this day. In this course, Bhante Sujato will read and comment from his own translation. The course aims to convey both the emotional uplift and incisive analysis of this foundational work. July 23, 2022, 9am – 12pm PDT, Cultivation of Knowledge with Kim Allen – In Person at IMC The heart of Buddhist practice involves understanding and releasing dukkha (suffering or unsatisfactoriness). These are not static ideas to learn, but active knowledges to cultivate. When we set out to understand dukkha, that understanding begins one way, then changes as we mature in practice. The same is true for the task of letting go of dukkha. In this half-day session, we will explore how our understanding and release of suffering develop through the course of cultivating the path to liberation. We will approach the topic through sutta study, meditation, teaching, and small and large-group discussion. September 24, 2022, 10:30am – 12pm & 2:00pm – 3:30pm PDT, Selves & Not Self with Thanissaro Bhikkhu – via Zoom The Buddha teaches that the five aggregates—form, feeling, perceptions, thought-fabrications, and consciousness—are not self. He also teaches, however, that a healthy sense of self is necessary for the practice. This daylong—through readings, talks, and discussions—will attempt to resolve this paradox by focusing on the questions that the Buddha’s self teachings and not-self teachings were and were not meant to answer. In particular, we will focus on how perceptions of “self” and “not-self” are types of action, so that we can understand how and when they are skillful, so that we can get the most use out of them before we let them both go. Saturdays, October 8th, 15th and 22nd, 2022 at 9:30 – 11am PDT, Experience and Stages of Awakening in Early Buddhism with Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā – via Zoom In this mini-series in three sessions Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā looks at the map of the four stages of awakening (stream-entry, once-return, non-return and arahantship) recognized in early Buddhism. They are explored through the prism of early Buddhist meditation theory and practice and contextualised in light of the experiential, existential and transformative dimensions of the early Buddhist path to freedom. Different conceptualisations of the path and fruits of awakening arisen in later Buddhist tradition will also be explored in light of the interplay between theory and practice. Want to be informed of upcoming Sati Center events? Sign up for the Sati Center newsletter.