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Two new small groups designed to support participants’ study and practice of the Buddha’s path are being offered beginning in February.  The groups will be led by Callie Justice and sponsored by the Eno River Buddhist Community. They will meet in Durham’s Watts-Hillandale neighborhood.

Dharma Friends: on the Buddha’s Path

‘The path taught by the Buddha provides us with a rich body of practices. These practices offer concrete things to do in order to develop the Buddha’s path in our lives day by day.

In Dharma Friends we will work with core practices taught in the early discourses of the Buddha. Some of these core practices include: mindfulness of breath meditation, developing ethical trainings, cultivating good will, daily life mindfulness, and contemplations for deepening understanding of the causes of suffering and of freedom from suffering.

Dharma Friends is intended for people who have already been introduced to fundamental teachings of the Buddha and who have some experience with meditation practice.

Dharma Friends: on the Buddha’s Path’ will meet weekly for 5 months on Sundays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. beginning February 11th.

Beginning the Buddha’s Path 

‘Beginning the Buddha’s Path’ meets weekly for 6 weeks on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning on February 27th. This class is intended for newcomers to the teachings of the Buddha or for those who would like to revisit introductory teachings.

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

Information Pertaining to Both Groups

Participants in both groups are expected to commit to at least 30 minutes each day for practicing meditation and other class related activities.

Participants in both groups are also asked to commit to being present for all group sessions unless there is a major conflict such as illness or previously scheduled travel plans.

Callie Justice is a long-time leader with the Eno River Buddhist Community. In teaching, Callie looks to bring the practices and teachings of the early Buddhist texts to contemporary applications. She especially enjoys teaching in small ongoing groups because their structure allows group members to develop relationships with one another and to use the group for exploring the personal relevance of the Buddha’s teachings for each individual.

Callie teaches as a practice of dāna. Dāna, or “giving,” is a central practice taught by the Buddha. In relating to others from a sense of open-handedness, freely giving (particularly in support of the growth of the Dhamma), we create rich conditions of mind and heart for the development of the Buddha’s path. Participants will likewise have the opportunity to offer donations in support of Callie.

To register for either group or for more information, please contact Callie at justice.callie@yahoo.com or (919) 286-5041. Please note: preregistration is required for participation in these groups.

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Holiday Practice News

Dear Dhamma Friends,

The Eno River Buddhist Community will not be holding our weekly Monday evening session this coming Monday, December 25th. We will return as usual the following Monday, January 1, to begin the new year in practice together. All are welcome.

Below you will find an adaptation of a sutta from the Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. You may wish to try reading it aloud alone or with friends as a form of practice.

Good wishes,

Callie Justice
For the ERBC Program Committee

A Recitation of the Four Divine Abodes

To cultivate good will –
keep pervading the first direction—as well as the second direction, the third, & the fourth—with an awareness imbued with good will. Keep pervading above, below, & all around, everywhere & in every respect the all-encompassing cosmos with an awareness imbued with good will: abundant, expansive, immeasurable, free from hostility, free from ill will. Savor that, long for that, find satisfaction through that. Staying there—fixed on that, dwell there often, not falling away from that.

To cultivate compassion –
keep pervading the first direction—as well as the second direction, the third, & the fourth—with an awareness imbued with compassion. Keep pervading above, below, & all around, everywhere & in every respect the all-encompassing cosmos with an awareness imbued with compassion: abundant, expansive, immeasurable, free from hostility, free from ill will. Savor that, long for that, find satisfaction through that. Staying there—fixed on that, dwell there often, not falling away from that.

To cultivate sympathetic joy –
keep pervading the first direction—as well as the second direction, the third, & the fourth—with an awareness imbued with sympathetic joy. Keep pervading above, below, & all around, everywhere & in every respect the all-encompassing cosmos with an awareness imbued with sympathetic joy: abundant, expansive, immeasurable, free from hostility, free from ill will. Savor that, long for that, find satisfaction through that. Staying there—fixed on that, dwell there often, not falling away from that.

To cultivate equanimity –
keep pervading the first direction—as well as the second direction, the third, & the fourth—with an awareness imbued with equanimity. Keep pervading above, below, & all around, everywhere & in every respect the all-encompassing cosmos with an awareness imbued with equanimity: abundant, expansive, immeasurable, free from hostility, free from ill will. Savor that, long for that, find satisfaction through that. Staying there—fixed on that, dwell there often, not falling away from that.

Adapted from Anguttara Nikaya 4:125; Thanissaro Bhikkhu, trans., Handful of Leaves: An Anthology from the Sutta Piṭaka, rev. ed., Valley Center, CA: Metta Forest Monastery, 2015, pp. 1153-54.

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      A four-session class, beginning October 17th, 2017   

          Tuesdays * 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 unless there is a major conflict such as illness or previously scheduled travel plans. The class will meet weekly except for the week of Halloween. We will not meet on 10/31/17.  The class meeting dates will be 10/17, 10/24, 11/07, and 11/14.

Callie Justice is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist. She began to seriously explore the Buddha’s path in the mid-1990s, and has been a Practice Leader with the Eno River Buddhist Community for over 17 years. The teachings of the Buddha as presented in the early discourses are her primary source for developing understanding and practice. She especially appreciates the teachings of scholar-monastics such as Bhikkhus Sujato, Brahmali, Bodhi, and Anālayo and benefits deeply from ongoing sharing with good friends on the path.

Callie offers leadership for this class as a practice of dānaDāna, or “giving,” is a central practice taught by the Buddha. In relating to others from a sense of open-handedness, freely giving (particularly in support of the growth of the Dhamma), we create rich conditions of mind and heart for the development of the Buddha’s path. Participants will likewise have the opportunity to offer donations in support of Callie.

To register or more information, please contact Callie at justice.callie@yahoo.com or (919) 286-5041. Please note: preregistration is required for participation in this group.

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     A 12-session practice group, beginning September 13th, 2017   

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

                Sponsored by The Eno River Buddhist Community          

                       Led by Callie Justice

Developing the Buddha’s Path is a practice group intended for people who have already been introduced to fundamental teachings of the Buddha and who have some experience with meditation practice. In the group, we will develop key practices in these areas:

  • Breath meditation
  • Loving-kindness meditation
  • Establishing mindfulness
  • Ethical living
  • Contemplation of teachings drawn from the early Buddhist discourses

We will begin each session with a period of guided meditation practice. Every week time will be allowed for discussion and for questions.

Participants will be given readings and activities to work with at home in between classes. Everyone is expected to commit to an average of 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 12 of the class sessions (except in situations such as illness or pre-arranged travel plans).

To register, or for more information, please contact Callie at <justice.callie@yahoo.com> or 919-286-5041. Please note that pre-registration is required for this group.

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We will offer a similar class this summer.  Those who would like to be included on the wait list for ERBC’s summer, 2017 Beginning the Buddha’s Path – Part 1 class are invited to contact Callie Justice at <justice.callie@yahoo.com> or at 919-286-5041.

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A four-session class, beginning Tuesday, February 7, 2017       

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

Sponsored by 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.”  The class will introduce 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 time each day to meditation and other class related activities.

Participants are also asked to commit to being present for all four of the class sessions.  Part 2 of this class will be offered beginning in mid-March for those who wish to continue their study and practice of the Buddha’s Path.

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

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This coming Monday, November 14th at the Eno River Buddhist Community, we will offer a special session focused on deepening our practice of loving-kindness or goodwill (mettā) meditation. There will be time for sharing experiences related to the theme: love is stronger than hatred and fear. Those present who wish to speak are invited to talk about a time when someone offered kindness or forgiveness to you, or to share times when you found yourself unexpectedly able to respond to another with genuine goodwill instead of with anger or fear.
 
We will meet from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Commons Room of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  As always, newcomers and visitors are welcome. For questions, please contact Callie Justice at justice.callie@yahoo.com or 919-286-5041.
 

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