FOUNDATION COURSE


Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha

A four-segment course on the buddhist path of meditation and insight

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First two segments start Fall 2018 (6 classes per segment):

Segment One: Becoming a Dharmic Person

September 23 – October 28, 2018

Segment Two: Discovering the Peace of Simplicity

November 4 - December 16, 2018

12:30 pm - 2:30pm

Eileen Fisher Headquarters
2 Bridge Street, Irvington, New York  (directions below)

Led by Senior Teacher John Baker and Teachers Julie Farmer and Andrea Sherman, supported by teaching assistants.

Suggested Donation:

$160 if registering for both Segments One and Two
$90 if registering for one segment only
$15 per class on drop-in basis

(Registration for one segment or both segments includes the sourcebook of readings)

Drop-in Class: $15

COURSE MATERIALS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD:

Course Syllabus and Complete Sourcebook PDF

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ABOUT THIS COURSE

Join us following the authentic path of mindfulness-awareness meditation and insight as originally described by the Buddha and expertly transmitted to the West by one of the great Tibetan masters of our time. We will explore such topics as the life of the Buddha, the birth of confusion and suffering, karma, and the path back to sanity, focusing on the techniques and stages of meditation and bringing meditation into our daily lives. The material will be presented in talks and group discussion.  Readings will be from a wide variety of ChögyamTrungpa Rinpoche’s writings.

These two Fall 2018 segments are the first of four making up the full year of our foundational curriculum. The Winter-Spring 2019 segments, three and four, will build upon these two. Optimally, participants will experience the four segments in sequence, but there are no prerequisites for enrollment in any segment. In fact, participants are welcome to attend on a class-by-class basis. However, completion of the foundational course, or its equivalent in familiarity with the path and practice experience, is a prerequisite for enrollment in the intermediate-level course. We provide a printed source book of readings, (or pdf version for download here). Each class will begin with 30 minutes of meditation, followed by a talk and discussion on the topics covered in the readings.

This series is recommended for both beginning and experienced practitioners. The courses are designed to benefit participants whether or not they can attend regularly. Those who can attend consistently and keep up with the readings will gain an appreciation of the full sequential Tibetan Buddhist path, but any single session would be informative and accessible on a stand-alone basis. Audio recordings of the talks and group discussions will be available online, as always. 

The courses will be jointly led by Senior Teacher John Baker and Teachers Julie Farmer and Andrea Sherman, supported by teaching assistants. For their bios, click here.


PAST PROGRAM: 

SEGMENT FOUR: Establishing Confidence in the Greater Vehicle (April 8 – May 20, 2018)

SEGMENT THREE: Entering the Path of Compassionate Action (January 21 – March 11, 2018)


* WBC maintains a policy of making our programs affordable to all. Those with limited income please offer what you can afford on our donation page here and include a note for the program you are offering towards. Thank you!


DIRECTIONS

Eileen Fisher Headquarters

2 Bridge Street, Irvington, NY 10533

As you face the river, the entrance is on your left, on the northwest corner of the building.

From Route 9, turn onto Main Street, Irvington. Continue down hill (west) towards the train station.
Turn right on N. Ashton

Turn left on Bridge Street, continue on to River Street

Eileen Fisher’s space occupies the 2nd brick building. Turn right into Second Parking Lot

Enter Eileen Fisher – Door facing River

For those who walk from the Irvington train station.  As you face the river, it is the second large building on your left.  You enter from the river side, with your back to the river as you go through the door.

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