Embodiment and Enlightenment – An exploration of the practices and potentials of Mindfulness of the Body

What is the body? What can it teach us? The Buddha understood the enormous potential of contemplating our bodies. Mindfulness of the body spans an enormous range in Buddhist practice, from simple awareness in daily life, to the discovery of deeper perceptions about reality, to strong states of concentration – leading toward liberating insight. The Kāyagatāsati Sutta (MN 119) collects together many practices related to the body, along with evocative similes and images. In this class, we will explore several body-based practices drawn from the sutta. Participants will have a chance to practice at home between sessions and report on their experiences, as well as deepen their understanding of how to work with texts as a support for practice.

Sessions will include meditation, teachings, breakout rooms, and Q&A. Note that the final session on Sat, Jan 29th will be four hours long, focusing on meditation.

Class dates and times:

January 18, 20, 25, 27, 8:30-10am PST and January 29 8:30-12:30pm PST, 2022 (Tues-Thurs-Tues-Thurs-Sat)

Teachers: David Lorey, Ying Chen, Diana Clark, Kim Allen

Please register here (https://forms.gle/CZKgbPfyS7Z1qSpQA) to receive the Zoom link and readings. We also may be sending some passages to read before the first class.

 If you have any questions, please email practicecourses.saticenter@gmail.com