The Development of Peace: An Introduction to the Basic Teachings of the Buddha
The Buddha first taught the path of individual liberation. In the Four Noble Truths he taught the truth of suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering and the path to contentment and freedom. He taught the meditation practice of mindfulness and awareness. This program invites us into the basics of being a dharmic person — an exploration of egolessness, impermanence, gentleness and peace.
This four-week course includes recorded talks, readings, contemplations, and a open discussion forum.
About the Teacher
Arawana Hayashi is a dancer, choreographer and teacher, trained in both Japanese and Western art forms. She is also an Acharya (a senior teacher of meditation) in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. From her career’s inception, her work as an artist and meditation practitioner has been intertwined with innovations in community building and education. Since the 1970s her focus has been on using non-verbal collaborative improvisation methods to increase personal presence and group performance. Arawana is a founding member of the Presencing Institute (www.presencing.com) and the ALIA Institute, now the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa Univeristy in Boulder, Colorado.
Readings for the course will be taken from the following texts:
- The Myth of Freedom by Chögyam Trungpa
- Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa
- Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
- Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa
- Meditation in Action, by Chögyam Trungpa
When Does the Class Meet?
The course is asynchronous. You may view the recorded talks at your convenience. The recommended schedule is to view one talk each week and complete the associated readings and exercises in the module. There are 4 talks.
How Much Time Does it Take?
Most participants spend 1 to 2 hours per week on the course. The talks average 45 minutes in length. Allow yourself time to do the readings, meditation practices and other assignments. It’s a good idea to schedule the time on your calendar as you would for a face-to-face class.
- Individual rate: The regular course rate is $108.
- Center and Group rates: $399 Centers, $249 Groups
- Patrons: The Patron rate of $149 supports our efforts to connect teachers and learners through online programs. In particular, it helps us offer the generosity policy to those in need
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Generosity Policy. We want to make the teachings available to all and will work with you to ensure your participation. See the "Pay what you can afford" option when you register.