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).