The CSS Foundation Studies Course has traditionally been offered once every year at the Saratoga meeting hall, but due to the pandemic and a limited number of participants, it will be held on Zoom until it is safer to meet in person. During the 2022-23 year, it will be held in conjunction with Todd’s afternoon Practitioners Group. This Practitioners group will be meeting most Wednesdays from 3-4:30 PM, with the Foundation Studies portion preceding it, from 2:30-3:00. Both courses will run from October through the end of May. We will also hold a once-a-month 60-90 minute stand-alone Foundations meeting with arrangements for time and day to be decided monthly by the participants.
Completion of this course is a prerequisite for attending other regular practitioner groups and CSS sponsored retreats. There will be a 4 day silent meditation Zoom retreat to be offered sometime in April or May.
The course will introduce you to fundamental teachings and practices of all the major mystical traditions. The curriculum includes instruction in spiritual practices such as meditation and precepts and readings from portions of Joel's book The Way of Selflessness. Optionally, you may also wish to supplement your learning experience with books from our list of recommended reading, or the reading list for the Distance Studies Program.
When you register for the Foundation Studies Course we ask that you become a supporting member of the Center. For more information, please read our various member documents.
The specific meeting dates and times will be on the CSS calendar. If you are going to be absent from the meetings, please let the teacher know in advance.