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A four-session class, beginning August 2nd, 2017

Meeting weekly * Wednesdays * 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sponsored by The Eno River Buddhist Community

Led by Callie Justice

 

Each class session will begin with a period of guided meditation practice and time for questions from participants concerning current challenges “on the cushion.”  The class will emphasize three key aspects of the Buddha’s path:

  • Developing a regular practice of breath meditation
  • Understanding the Buddha’s perspective on how to live a happier life
  • Bringing mindful awareness to daily life activities

Along with practicing breath meditation, participants will be given readings and activities to work with at home in between classes.  Participants are expected to commit to at least 30 minutes each day for practicing meditation and other class related activities.

Participants are also asked to commit to being present for all four of the class sessions.

For more information, please contact Callie at justice.callie@yahoo.com or (919) 286-5041.

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A six-session class, beginning Sunday, October 16th, 2016 

Meeting 1st and 3rd Sundays each month  *  from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by The Eno River Buddhist Community * Led by Callie Justice

Sessions will begin with a period of guided meditation practice and time for questions from participants concerning current challenges “on the cushion.”  Each session will also include presentations and discussion centering on specific themes such as:

  • Finding a structure to support meditation practice in your life as it is now
  • Bringing more mindfulness to your moments whatever you are doing
  • Cultivating loving-kindness and compassion while grocery shopping
  • Considering letting go of some things
  • Exploring how work with all elements of the Noble Eight-Fold Path supports the development of meditation practice

It is expected that each participant will be working with these common themes in different ways.  The focus will be on helping each individual find her or his way drawing upon the framework taught by the Buddha – not on finding one, “right way” for all.

 

For more information, please contact Callie at justice.callie@yahoo.com or (919) 286-5041.

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The ERBC Sutta Study Group will start up again this September. The group focuses on investigating early Buddhist teachings in depth using material from the Sutta Piṭaka (The Collection of Discourses). This year we will also be drawing some from supplemental materials from teachers such as Thanissaro Bhikkhu and Bhikkhu Bodhi.

Studying the suttas adds depth to our understanding of what the Buddha taught and to our practice of the Dhamma. It can also clarify how contemporary Buddhist interpretations sometimes misconstrue aspects of early Buddhist teachings, and challenge us to reflect on the views we may have about the teachings.

The study group is oriented to those with prior experience studying the suttas, and is limited in size to support full participation.

For more information about the group and to see a list of topics that we’ll investigate this year, please see our Sutta Study Group page, or contact Steve Seiberling at smseiberling@gmail.com.

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