HOW IT WORKS // THE TWO PROGRAM SECTIONS


SECTION 1

THE FOUNDATIONS : 10 WEEKS

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In this section we dive into what the Buddha taught on how we create suffering for ourselves and how we can stop doing that. It also includes the very applicable topics of Wise Speech, Wise Livelihood and the many ways we can “hack” mindfulness into our everyday experience off the meditation cushion. 

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Week 1: Overview of the Different Forms of Meditation and the Three Yanas, or Vehicles, of Buddhism

Week 2: The Many Lifetimes of the Buddha

Week 3: The Four Noble Truths

Week 4: The Eightfold Path (Part 1)

Week 5: The Eightfold Path (Part 2)

Week 6: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Week 7: The 12 Nidanas and How We Develop Ego

Week 8: The Five Skandhas (Aggregates) and How We Constantly Reify Ego

Week 9: Klesha, or Getting Hooked by Emotions

Week 10: Egolessness and Basic Goodness

Includes the following guided meditation recordings: intentions meditation, disciplined shamatha (calm-abiding meditation), spacious shamatha, emotions meditation, egolessness exercise


SECTION 2

THE GREATER VEHICLE : 10 WEEKS

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Section 2: The Two Sides of the Mahayana (Greater Vehicle): Emptiness and Compassion

In the second section of this curriculum we get into the greater vehicle teachings that allow us to see our world with more fluidity and an open heart. While we start with the BIG topic of emptiness we then transition into how we can then have a profound effect on society through the truth of interdependence. Then we spend a number of weeks going through the traditional mind-training slogans of Atisha, which are practical reminders for how to bring these esoteric teachings into our work, family and social life. The course concludes with how we offer love more freely and an introduction into another BIG topic: tantra.

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Week 1: Emptiness of Self and Other

Week 2: Karma, Interdependence, and How to Help the World

Week 3: Lojong (Mind-Training Slogans) Part 1

Week 4: Lojong (Mind-Training Slogans) Part 2

Week 5: Lojong (Mind-Training Slogans) Part 3

Week 6: Lojong (Mind-Training Slogans) Part 4

Week 7: The Four Immeasurables (Ways of Offering Love) and Loving-Kindness Practice

Week 8: Compassion in the Modern Era

Week 9: Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity

Week 10: Introduction to Tantra

Includes the following guided meditation recordings: loving-kindness meditation, loving-kindness meditation for yourself, contemplations on lojong, emptiness contemplation