The CSS Foundations Studies Course is offered once every year, and runs from the beginning of October to the first week of August. Foundation Studies is a prerequisite for attending the regular practitioners groups.
The course is an introduction to, and cultivation of the fundamental teachings and practices of the major mystical traditions, including practices of meditation and precepts.
The 2016-2017 Foundation Studies class is taught by Matt Sieradski and normally meets at CSS at 7 pm on most Wednesdays. Veteran practitioners are welcome to join the class.
For actual meeting dates, times, and locations, please see the CSS calendar. If you are going to be absent from the meetings, please let the teacher know in advance.
The text for the course is Joel's book, The Way of Selflessness. The course curriculum also includes other supporting readings, as well as monthly videos, shown on the first Sunday of each month.
Our first meeting will be a Community Night on Wednesday September 28th from 7-8:30, hosted by Joel in conjunction with the other teachers and open to attendance by the entire CSS community of practitioners. Our first actual Foundation Studies class will be held the following Wednesday.
Here is Matt's overview of the plans for this year's course:
Foundation studies is the first year course for all Center practitioners, but is open to all and we will likely have some old-timers to help ground our group. We will delve into Joel's mystical practice manual, The Way of Selflessness, practice meditation, have lively discussions, and work with our Ten Selfless Precepts. This is not a drop in group, and we will spend the first several months becoming comfortable and familiar with each other as friends on the Path. The focus of the course is to support each others spiritual practice, and to this end we will be covering three main areas of study. First, we will introduce the fundamentals of both beginning and advanced meditative technique. Second, we will work to uncover and inquire into our basic assumptions about reality that may in fact prove untrue. And third, but most importantly, we will work to uncover and nurture the basic goodness which is the loving compassionate heart of our true being.