A 12-Week Cultivation of Mindfulness Series
Begins Wednesday March 6, 2013
Inquire for further details at: stw2(at)sonic.net
How the Courses are Designed
Courses are designed to help participants establish mindfulness (Insight Meditation) in daily life using different mental disciplines in stages.
Students meet once a week beginning with Course 1 and proceed through the courses sequentially, each course builds on the previous course.
Classes meet from 7 to 9pm.
Although no one is turned away for lack of funds,
a weekly pledge of $10-15 is greatly appreciated by those choosing to attend
one of our course series.
We keep a dana bowl by the door entrance
allowing people to anonymously donate.
The goal of the courses is to provide hands-on training in daily life based mindfulness practice with a well-rounded education in the fundamentals of Buddhism.
Abhidhamma teachings (Buddhist Psychology and Philosophy) are included wherever possible even during the first course to help students understand their own mind and their own predicaments in life and how mindfulness can bring peace and stability of mind as well as developing experiential insights.
In short it is to help the student to develop a spiritual practice not outside of life but in life itself.
A half-hour lecture on the fundamentals of Buddhism and meditation
will be held at the beginning of each session.
Cultivation of Mindfulness – 12 weeks
This course provides the fundamental teachings of Buddhism from the Four Noble Truths and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness together with hands-on training in basic Daily Life Mindfulness Practices
Threefold Mindfulness Training (The Eightfold Path) – 8 weeks
This course focuses on how to bring the fundamental practices into daily life
using the Noble Eightfold Path as a working model.
Bringing Harmony to Conflict Using the Eightfold Path – 6 weeks
This course is designed to intensify the student’s practice in applying
the Noble Eightfold Path in conflict situations in order to purify their mind and create harmony.
This challenges the student to develop momentary samadhi (khanika samadhi) in the moment and strengthen their mindfulness to develop equanimity (Upekkha)
and experiential insight (Bhavanamaya Nana).
The Five Aggregates;
The Five Khandas in Daily Life Mindfulness Practice - 3 weeks
This course helps the student to look into the five aggregates as operating in one’s life instead of allowing the self to dominate one’s own being.
Abhidhamma; Buddhist Psychology in Daily Life - 10 weeksThis course covers the fundamental concepts of Abhidhamma as applied to daily life experiences and how to transcend the habitual Kamma (Asinnaka Kamma) and ego-centric unwholesome tendencies to bring peace and harmony with oneself and others while at the same time allowing insight and the Four Brahma Viharas ( loving kindness, compassion, equanimity and joy) to unfold.
The Seven Factors of Enlightenment
Course 7The Requisites of Enlightenment
Sutta Studies (The Written Teachings of the Buddha) - OngoingThis course is designed to challenge the students to question and look at their life experiences through the Sutta teachings as well as Abhidhamma, and through their own progress of mindfulness practice.
In addition to the above series of classes, Sae Taw Win II offers quarterly intensive workshops for Beginning, Intermediate and Senior students to help them deepen their practice throughout the whole year.