Tag: Sati Center

Sati Center: Sutta Study, The Discourse on the Buddha’s Last Days with Gil Fronsdal

Sati Center: Sutta Study, The Discourse on the Buddha’s Last Days with Gil Fronsdal [2010]

Friday, January 21, 2011, 9:30am – 3:30pm The Discourse on the Buddha’s Last Days: One of the most important of the early Buddhist discourses is the one that narrates the last days of the Buddha’s life. Knowing his death is approaching the Buddha gives some of his most significant and direct teachings.

Sati Center: Learning from the Ancient Buddhist Nuns – Buddhist Teachings in the Therigatha with Nona Olivia

Sati Center: Learning from the Ancient Buddhist Nuns – Buddhist Teachings in the Therigatha with Nona Olivia [2010]

Saturday, January 15, 2011, 9am to 4:30pm The Therigatha, or the Verses of the Nuns, is the oldest collection of teachings from Buddhist women teachers.  The verses give important insight into the lives of the nuns who lived at the time of the Buddha.  In this daylong class we will examine how the verses reveal the close relationships among these early nuns.  We will focus closely on the verses which reveal how the nuns taught the Buddha’s teachings to each…

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Sati Center: Dependent Origination with Leigh Brasington

Sati Center: Dependent Origination with Leigh Brasington [2010]

Saturday, March 19, 2011, 9am to 5pm “He who sees dependent origination sees the Dhamma; he who sees the Dhamma sees dependent origination.” Majjhima Nikaya 28. The teachings on the interdependence of phenomena are the heart of the Buddha’s wisdom teachings. Dependent origination is often described as a chain of 12 links – which we will look at in detail. But it also has many other important implications which we will also discuss. Leigh Brasington has been practicing meditation since…

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Sati Center: The Dhammapada – with Tony Bernhard

Sati Center: The Dhammapada – with Tony Bernhard [2010]

Investigating the Best Known Collection of the Buddha’s Teachings Saturday, December 4, 2010, 9am to 4pm The Dhammapada may well be the most widely read and most beloved collection of Buddhist scriptures presenting wisdom through vivid, poetic imagery and often blunt contrast. Its lesson goes to the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.  During this daylong contemplation and investigation of the Dhammapada verses, we will examine both their scope and structure and explore some of the most challenging of the Buddha’s…

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Sati Center: Compassionate Vision, Conscientious Action, with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

Sati Center: Compassionate Vision, Conscientious Action, with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi [2010]

A Benefit for Buddhist Global Relief Saturday, October 30, 9am to 5pm Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi will lead a daylong program exploring traditional and contemporary approaches to Socially Applied Buddhism. Caring for oneself while caring for others is at the heart of the Buddha’s teachings. How we can best do this in our present-day world is a deeply challenging question with profound ramifications. Bhante will explore the canonical roots of Socially Applied Buddhism, with texts and discussion. He will develop a…

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Sati Center: Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program, Taught by Jennifer Block, Gil Fronsdal, Paul Haller and guest teachers

Sati Center: Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program, Taught by Jennifer Block, Gil Fronsdal, Paul Haller and guest teachers [2010]

One Friday a month starting September 17. A year-long training in Buddhist chaplaincy and spiritual care-giving oriented to Buddhist practitioners with at least four years of committed practice.  Its aim is to provide a strong foundation in Buddhist chaplaincy for volunteer chaplains, those working toward being professional chaplaincy, and those serving the pastoral needs of their local sanghas.  Information at www.sati.org, or karuna@sati.org. Class dates: September  17, October 16, November 19, December  10, January 14, February 11, March 11, April…

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Sati Center: The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching with Richard Shankman

Sati Center: The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching with Richard Shankman [2010]

A Day of Sutta Study on the Buddha’s First Three Discourses Friday, August 6, 9am to 5pm The entirety of the Buddha’s teaching is encapsulated in the first three discourses he delivered after his enlightenment. In this day of study we will cover all three suttas in detail, exploring how they weave together to inform each other and create a complete description of Dharma teaching and practice. Richard Shankman has been a meditator since 1970 and teaches at dharma centers…

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Sati Center: Deconstructing Buddhism with Stephen Batchelor

Sati Center: Deconstructing Buddhism with Stephen Batchelor [2009]

Saturday, March 20, 9am to 5pm Based on an examination of early discourses found in the Buddhist Pali Canon, we will explore the question: “What did the Buddha teach that was distinctively and originally his own?” By differentiating the Buddha’s Dhamma from the ideas of Indian religion and metaphysics that prevailed at his time we will seek to uncover a clearer sense of the Buddha’s message and then consider what relevance it still has for people living in the modern…

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Sati Center: Sutta Study – The Supreme Net Taught by Andrea Fella

Sati Center: Sutta Study – The Supreme Net Taught by Andrea Fella [2009]

Friday, April 30, 9:30am to 1pm During this class we will study the Brahmajala Sutta, the first discourse from the Digha Nikaya. In this profound discourse, the Buddha describes sixty-two speculative views about the nature of the self and the world. All these speculative views are shown to lead away from freedom; the Buddha points to the craving and agitation that underlie them. Finally, the Buddha teaches the way out of the net of speculative views through the development of…

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Sati Center: Union of Mindfulness & Concentration Daylong with Thanissaro Bikkhu

Sati Center: Union of Mindfulness & Concentration Daylong with Thanissaro Bikkhu [2009]

Saturday, April 17, 9am to 5pm Right mindfulness and right concentration, together with right effort, form the concentration-aggregate of the noble eightfold path. Although these factors are often discussed separately, the Pali discourses show that the Buddha meant for them to form a unified practice. This course—through talks, readings, discussions, and meditation—will explore what these factors means and how they can be brought together in a mutually supportive and nourishing way. Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) is an American monk of…

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Bringing the Dharma to Prison: An introduction to offering meditation, chaplaincy and Buddhist practice in prisons and jail with Paul Haller and Jacques Verduin

Bringing the Dharma to Prison: An introduction to offering meditation, chaplaincy and Buddhist practice in prisons and jail with Paul Haller and Jacques Verduin [2009]

Friday, January 29, 2010 9:30am to 4:30pm What does it mean to ‘leave prison before you get out’? What are the greater implications of teaching the experience of freedom not just as the other side of the gate but rather as a state of mind? This day-long training features two dedicated professionals that aim to share many years of service in the trenches of our prison system. The teaching will address both specific questions related to Buddhist practice as well…

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Sati Center Sutta Study: Fruits of the Contemplative Life Taught by Gil Fronsdal

Sati Center Sutta Study: Fruits of the Contemplative Life Taught by Gil Fronsdal [2009]

Friday, January 15, 9:30am to 1pm This morning class will offer an in-depth study of an important discourse by the Buddha.  In a dramatic narrative context, a king asks the Buddha about what benefits come from the religious life.  The Buddha responds by describing the stages of Buddhist practice.  The sutta is the second discourse in Long Discourses.  A translation can be found online at http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.02.0.than.html.