Wednesdays, May 10 (Teaching with Ven. Amy Miller in person), 17, 24, 31, June 14, 21 (Q&A with Ven. Amy Miller via Skype) at Jewel Heart Center and June 28 (Optional review session at a private home).
In this module, we will discuss the definition and purpose of meditation and learn basic meditation skills, including how to sit properly, how to set up a meditation session, the different types of meditation techniques, and how to recognize and deal with obstacles to meditation.
We will also explore questions such as:
- What do motivation and dedication mean, and why are they important elements of meditation practice?
- What are the antidotes to such obstacles to meditation as restlessness, distraction, sleepiness, expectations about the practice, and regret?
- What is the meaning of impermanence according to the Buddhist teachings, and how can understanding of this be used to counteract afflictions such as attachment and anger?
This is the second of a series of 14 modules covering the complete Buddhist path to enlightenment. Even if you did not attend the first module, you are very welcome to join, as each module is separate. A one-day retreat will be organized on July 1st to integrate learning and practice. This retreat will require a separate registration; more information will be provided in May.
Discovering Buddhism (DB) is geared for students who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental Buddhist concepts. It is designed to provide an experiential taste of the Buddha’s teachings and the skills we need to make our lives most meaningful. Each module includes teachings, meditations, readings, assessment questions and a short retreat. For more information on the Discovering Buddhism modules, please click here.
Shantideva Meditation works with a version of the DB home study program, which includes transcripts of teachings by qualified Western teachers, presentations by a facilitator, discussion among peers, and guided meditations.
Dates and Times:
Wednesdays from 7 to 9pm:
May 10, 17, 24, 31, June 14, 21 and 28.
May 10- June 21 at Jewel Heart Center. June 28 (optional review session) at a private home.
Jewel Heart Center: 260 West Broadway is just below Canal Street. The entrance is in the St. John’s Lane alleyway that runs parallel to and between Varick Street and 6th Avenue. Here is a map showing the location of Jewel Heart Center.
Subway Transportation: 1 to Franklin St.; A, C, E to Canal St.; N, R to Canal St.
Fee: $60 (or $10/session) to help support direct costs, including space rental, Dharma materials, and administration.
Shantideva Meditation Members: $54
Register here for this module.
Online registration will close at 3pm on Wednesday, May 10. Walk-ins are welcome!
If you are a registered student, you may access the readings here on our password protected page. Readings for session one (to be read in advance) will be included in your confirmation email. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about accessing this page.
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About the Teachers:
Ven. Amy Miller has been teaching extensively since 1992 and was ordained as a Buddhist nun in June 2000 by the great Tibetan master, Ven. Choden Rinpoche. She has directed several FPMT centers and projects for decades and has completed a seven-month solitary retreat. Her teaching style emphasizes a practical approach to integrating Buddhist philosophy into everyday life. She is happy to help people connect with meditation and mindfulness in an effort to gain a refreshing perspective on normally stressful living. Venerable teaches and leads retreats and pilgrimages around the world. Her teaching schedule and other information can be found at www.AmyMiller.com.
Gustavo Cutz has worked at Wisdom Publications in Boston and has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Meditation Center for the last five years. He has been a facilitator for Discovering Buddhism since 2012. He also interprets/summarizes Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on topics such as The Four Noble Truths, The Eight Worldly Dharmas, The Six Perfections, The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, and recently, Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, ch. 1-3.