Following is information about the 2017-2018 practitioners groups. Todd and Matt will teach regular practitioners groups, and there are plans for an online practitioners group with Matt covering the same material in parallel with his face-to-face group. Also, Todd and Luke will co-teach the Foundation Studies Course, which is also open to veteran practitioner members. See Foundation Studies class for a description.
For meeting dates, times, and locations, please see the CSS calendar. Practitioners may sign up for multiple groups. These are not drop-in groups. If you are going to take a leave of absence from a group, please let the teacher know in advance.
Days and Times: Wednesdays, 3 pm - 4:30 pm
This year, we will again be reading a collection of short manuscripts from different mystical traditions, while formulating specific practices from them with which to see into the nature of delusion in our own experience. These readings will draw from Joel’s book, as well as excerpts from the works of various mystics, including Rumi, Chogyam Trungpa, Ken Wilber, Pema Chodron, Hubert Benoit, and Ramana Maharshi among others. The agenda for the class is not solidified, but will unfold as we go along.
We will begin with reading a few chapters from Chogyam Trungpa’s book, “The Myth of Freedom.” In this reading, we return to the fundamentals of shamatha meditation and precept practice and working with the fundamental mechanisms of delusion. As we go along, we will be reading a few short articles on the fear of and nature of death, as well as practices for approaching and transforming our deepest fears and irritations. And at some point, through practices of spacious awareness, as we examine the empty nature of phenomena and the fundamental deception of attachments to them, we will be taking up practices of compassion, and readings that support such practices.
Except for chapters from Joel's book, I will be sending out scanned excerpted manuscripts via email attachments, so there shouldn’t be a need to purchase texts, and for those who do not have access to email or a printer, I will provide you with printed copies, so be sure to let me know if you would like printed copies.
Days and Times: Wednesdays, 7 pm - 9:00 pm
Description: Eight Gates of Freedom, Part 2: Befriending your Wounds
Matt's Group (Online)
Day and Time: Monthly online conference dates TBD
Description: This online group will cover the same material as Matt's face-to-face group, described above. See also Online Practitioners Group.