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Awareness+Wisdom:
An Eight Week Insight Meditation Course

Dates: Wednesday Evenings, 7pm-9pm, from 3/18/2020 – 5/6/2020
Cost: Generosity/Donation (see below)
Commitment: RSVP Required – email me at David@pathofsincerity.com
Location: Awakenings Wellness Studio – 1016 SE 12th Ave, Portland

 

One Sentence Summary

Whether you’re a beginner or long-time meditator, you will leave this experientially-focused course with a deeper sense of the underlying principles, mechanics & context of Buddhist Insight Meditation and the human mind, and also how to skillfully grow and develop your practice, both in formal meditation and in your daily life.

Please email me via david@pathofsincerity.com to register.

 

Course Inclusions

  • 16 hours of classroom time
  • A free copy of my favorite (short) meditation book
  • Eight guided meditation mp3s
  • Weekly handouts w/ diagrams, key info breakdowns & reflection questions
  • A three question journaling exercise to solidify and deepen any learning
  • Optional – a progressive challenge that taps into the study of habit formation, and will aid you in building a daily meditation practice that lasts
  • Optional – various reading assignments to deepen the material
  • Optional – A 30 minute one-on-one video call / Question & Answer / Check-in (additional calls available on donation, as my schedule allows)
  • Optional buddy program – get matched with another student for three 20 – 30 minute calls throughout the course, where I’ll offer you a short list of questions to explore together (after weeks 3, 5 and 7).

 

Detailed Week-by-week Summary

WEEK 1 – Frameworks & Foundations

  • What is meditation?  Why bother?  How to do it?
  • Practical considerations (e.g. Posture, habit, when/where, for how long, common obstacles, etc.)
  • How meditation fits into the greater context of the Buddhist path (and your life)

WEEK 2 – The Nature of Awareness (aka mindfulness, presence, etc.)

  • The three most common things that we mistakenly believe awareness is
  • How awareness is less a metaphysical idea or effortful practice, and more a tangible, simple & visceral experience
  • The essential key to bringing mindfulness into everyday life

WEEK 3 – Technique & Method

  • A framework to understand all methods & techniques
  • How to choose the best method for you
  • The point when you can let go of techniques

WEEK 4 – The Right Attitude for Meditation

  • Equanimity and its primary “impostors”
  • How wisdom and concentration are both gateways into “right attitude”
  • A practical method for working with attitude

WEEK 5 – The Nature of Reality

  • Introducing a meditator’s map of conscious experience
  • The three aspects of reality that wisdom “clearly sees”
  • The link between mindfulness & wisdom

WEEK 6 – Feelings & Embodiment

  • How the desire to feel certain ways guides our life
  • The three types of feelings the Buddha particularly emphasized
  • The keys to embodiment & not dissociating or spiritual bypassing

WEEK 7 – From Investigation to Freedom

  • A way to investigate the deeper layers of mind
  • How wisdom goes deeper than just “accepting whatever is happening”
  • The gentle way that wisdom leads to freedom

WEEK 8 – Developing the Heart

  • The necessity of balancing wisdom with love
  • Key practices to deepening heart, love, compassion & kindness
  • Conclusion and going into our lives tuned into what really matters to us

 

RSVP, Cost & Commitment

Due to the priceless nature of these teachings, this course will be offered on donation.  What will always be a top priority in my teaching is that no one is turned off (or away) by financial limitations.

Although, considering the expenses, time & energy involved in putting on such a course, I request you read over this article before registering, and I trust that whatever you donate will be the perfect amount!  

However, more important than finances is your earnest commitment to attend at least 6 of the 8 sessions (though preferably all 8).  Also please consider that offered on donation does not mean, “this sounds neat – I will try it out for a class or two, and see if I want to continue.”  Perhaps try on the thought experiment of pretending you are paying $10,000 to take this course, and, use that level of commitment in deciding whether or not to skip a class or end the course.  I appreciate your helping me create a culture of generosity, mindfulness & wisdom!

To register, please email me via david@pathofsincerity.com

 

Lineage & Background

The material for this course is rooted in the Theravada-Vipassana Buddhist tradition (I more or less use Vipassana, Mindfulness & Insight meditation synonymously).  Although, more specifically, there are four guiding influences:

  • My core teacher, the Burmese monk, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, who coined the phrase “awareness+wisdom” as a way to describe the essence of the practice.
  • Early Buddhism, and the contemporary teachers who draw from the original Buddhist texts, such as Gil Fronsdal, Bhikkhu Analayo and Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
  • The contemporary-practitioner sensitive approaches of the Insight Meditation Society & Spirit Rock Meditation Center, among others.
  • My own hard fought insights, and getting to teach those the last few years to see what works & doesn’t work in helping others internalize the material

 

Conclusion

I hope you can make it!  Please feel free to email me any questions you might have.