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Satipatthana­ — The Buddha’s Way of Mindfulness

Alternate Sundays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

On April 22nd, 2012 this class will reach the Satipatthana Sutta’s instruction on the Eightfold Path. On that date, the class will merge with a new series, called Walking the Eightfold Path. Matthew Grad will be teaching, as before, and there will be no change in format. Please note that the class time changes to 9:30 – 11:30 AM at that point.

This ongoing class series explores one of the Buddha’s most important discourses: The Satipatthana Sutta on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. That core discourse provides the most comprehensive set of instructions for practice in the Theravada lineage. The class investigates what the Buddha’s instructions mean, in plain terms, and emphasizes how ordinary folks like us can put his instructions into practice every day.

Many of us may find the Buddha’s ancient discourses—the suttas—to be dry, intimidating, and hard to penetrate. If that’s you, consider checking out these classes. Our intention is to bring the suttas alive, to make them more accessible and user-friendly. They are a treasure trove of incomparable wisdom and utility—not to be missed!

The course is taught by Matthew Grad. He draws on respected modern and ancient teachings to help reveal some of the sutta’s most subtle and profound facets. Classes include Matthew’s reflections, plus lively group discussions grounded in our direct experience. While primarily a study course, there are periods of meditation in which to experiment with what the sutta has revealed. That is, the class doesn’t just talk about the Buddha’s instructions, but serves as a workshop for hands-on practice with them.

This class has been going on for quite a while, but newcomers are always welcome to drop in and join us. If you have any questions, please contact Matthew here.