Exploring the Satipatthana Sutta with Diana Clark

Course 1: Aspects of Satipatthana  Tuesdays, Mar 31, Apr 7, Apr 14, Apr 21, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Course 2: Foundations in the Satipatthana  Tuesdays, May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Join us as we do a detailed exploration of the Satipatthana Sutta, a foundational text for meditation practice in our tradition.  Based on Bhikkhu Analayo’s influential book, Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization (Windhorse Publications, 2003), two different four-week courses are being offered.  While it may be supportive, it is not required to take the first course before taking the second course.  However, attendance to all four meetings of a course is recommended.  The courses are freely offered and will be held at the IMC Annex (1040 Brewster, Ste D, 1040 Brewster Ave, Redwood City), thus registration is required – please register below.  Note: the courses will be primarily discussion, with little actual meditation instruction or practice.

The first four-week course, “Aspects of Satipatthana,” based on chapters 1, 2, 3, 5 of the textbook, will explore the definitions of key terms (e.g. satipatthana, sampajana and sati) and concepts (e.g. “direct path” and “bare knowledge”).  To help prepare for the discussion, please read Chapter 1 before the first class meeting.

The second four-week course, “Foundations in the Satipatthana,” will be based on chapters 6 – 13 of the textbook.  This course will explore the four foundations of mindfulness meditation: body, feelings, mind and dhammas.  To help prepare for the discussion, please read Chapter 6 before the first class meeting. 

Diana Clark has a MA in Buddhist Studies from the Graduate Theological Seminary, is a graduate of the Sati Center chaplaincy program and has spent cumulatively over a year in silent meditation retreats. She also co-teaches with Gil Fronsdal on the early Buddhist texts at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. As a long time practitioner at IMC she is participating in the IMC Dharma Mentoring Training Program.

Please register for this course (this link send an email to Diana – please include your name and contact information).

March 14, 2015 − The Life of the Buddha taught by Diana Clark

Saturday, Mar. 14, 2015
9:00am – 4:30pm
at the Insight Meditation Center
108 Birch St.
Redwood City, CA

Was the Buddha really a prince before he became Awakened? What was his life like before and after his awakening? What happened to his wife and son he is reported to have left behind for his spiritual quest? Please join us as we explore the answers to these questions and more during this day of lecture and discussion. Together, we will examine the narrative of the Buddha’s life in the early Buddhist texts and later commentarial and modern works. We will discuss how we can use the model of the Buddha’s life to guide and perhaps inspire us in our own practice.

Diana Clark has a MA in Buddhist Studies from the Graduate Theological Seminary, is a graduate of the Sati Center chaplaincy program and has spent cumulatively over a year in silent meditation retreats. She also co-teaches with Gil Fronsdal on the early Buddhist texts at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. As a long time practitioner at IMC she is participating in the IMC Dharma Mentoring Training Program.

This class is offered on a donation basis. Pre-registration not required. Please bring a bag lunch.

March 1, 2015 − Buddhist Personality Types: A legacy from the past. A practice for now! taught by Steve Armstrong

Sunday, Mar. 1st, 2015
1:00pm – 4:30pm
at the Insight Meditation Center
108 Birch St.
Redwood City, CA

In addition to a theory of personality types, Theravada Buddhism psychology has a well-developed description of the underlying factors and dispositions that influence us.  Some of this is the result of how past experiences can remain present throughout our lifetime.  The combination of underlying mental factors and past conditioning come together to condition the appearance of what we sometimes call the “self”.    

On this afternoon, we will identify the underlying mental factors and past experiences that contribute to our sense of self.  We will also discuss the impact these have on our personality structures. After identifying our own elaborate “Personality Type,” specific dhamma practices will be identified to assist each individual to further develop the mind.

Included in the discussion will be

  1. Parāmi profile: 10 wholesome qualities of mind to be developed
  2. Index of Potential Problems: the qualities of mind that most cause suffering
  3. Primary Mentality: the 6 foundations of identification

Steve Armstrong has studied the dhamma and practiced insight meditation since 1975. He was a monk for five years in Burma under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita where he undertook intensive, silent practice of insight and lovingkindness meditations. He studied the Buddhist psychology (abhidhamma) with Sayadaw U Zagara in Australia and presents it in practical and easily understood terms. He continues his practice under the guidance of Sayadaw U Tejaniya at the Shwe Oo Min Meditation Center in Rangoon. He has been leading meditation retreats internationally since 1990.

This class is offered on a donation basis. Pre-registration not required.