Upcoming Sati Center Events

Upcoming Sati Center Events

The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies is sponsoring the following upcoming events.

    • Saturdays, November 5, 12, and 19, 2022 at 10:30am – 12pm PST, The Dhammapada: Gems of Wisdom with Kim Allen
      • The Dhammapada is a slim text containing volumes of Dharma wisdom. The apparently simple verses center on deep issues of ethics, life choices, meditation, and freedom. This popular text has inspired Buddhist practitioners over millennia and remains startlingly relevant in the contemporary world.Over three sessions, we will read the entire Dhammapada through the lens of its main themes. It teaches us to discern, with ever clearer wisdom, the path to freedom amidst many choices that lead into suffering. We learn what kind of effort will bring the deepest peace.

      • Many of the Buddha’s teachings have close parallels in modern neuroscience. This half-day presentation will explore these parallels, with a particular focus on perception and memory. Early Buddhist teachings on emptiness and “situational awareness” (sampajañña) emphasize insights into the nature of perception that can be valuable supports for dharma practice. Similar insights emerge from studies of the perceptual circuits of the brain. Neuroplasticity, or how the brain is changed by experience, is viewed by neuroscientists as the basis of all forms of memory. Early Buddhist teachings on karma and the “storehouse” (alaya) emphasize how this principle affects our well-being. A similar perspective underlies the effectiveness of many modern psychotherapies.

    • Thursdays: Dec 1, Dec 8, Dec 15, Jan 5, Jan 12, Jan 19, 10am – 11:30am PST
      Outsmart Your Pain with Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD
      • Living with chronic pain is a challenge on many different levels. In this 6 week series we will explore how the practices of awareness and kindness can help to down-regulate not only our stress levels in general but very specific the often over sensitized pain system. We will look at the traditional Buddhist teachings as well as what recent research is showing about pain regulation and perception.Each week we will spend time exploring the topic through a short talk, reflection, small and big group discussions and a guided practice. During the week you are encouraged to put the shared material into practice so you will have a well equipped tool box at the end.
    • Tuesday & Thursday January 17 & 19 8:30 – 10am PST,  The Path to True Wealth and Security: The Study of Two Suttas in the Suttanipāta
      • What is true wealth and security? In this class, we will explore the Dhaniya Sutta (Sn 1:2) and the Snake Sutta (Sn 1:1) of the Suttanipāta, which feature the theme of protection and release in the household and spiritual life. These verse teachings include evocative metaphors and poetic language that point toward deep concerns of human life and the path to Awakening. The class will include dharmettes, guided meditations, Q&A, and small group discussion.
    • Saturday, January 21 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST,  “Wise Reflection for Unwise Times” with Ajahn Brahmali
        • A daylong with Ajahn Brahmali. This will be an in-person event at IMC and will be live streamed for those who are not able to attend.