FOUNDATION COURSE

Continuing from Fall 2018, but open to all students.


Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha

A complete course on the buddhist path of meditation and insight. Starts January 13th, 2109

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Part II Mahayana: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom

JANUARY 13 to MAY 5, 2019

Sundays, 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.

Recommended for both beginning and experienced students.

Each class will begin with 30 minutes of meditation, followed by a talk and discussion on the topics covered in the readings.

Audio recordings of the talks and group discussions will be available online, as always. 

Suggested Donation:

$150 for PART II (14 weeks)
$15 per class on drop-in basis

(Registration for includes the sourcebook of readings)

COURSE MATERIALS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD:

Course Syllabus


 ABOUT THIS COURSE


Join us for Part II (aka Segments 3 and 4) of Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, a foundational course 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. 

This semester we will explore topics in the Mahayana such as the evolution from Hinayana into Mahayana, relative and ultimate bodhicitta, the six paramitas, Atisha's 59 points of mind training, the Heart Sutra, tonglen, and the four immeasurables. We will focus especially on the techniques and stages of meditation and bringing meditation into our daily lives, and will introduce several Mahayana practices. The material will be presented in talks and group discussion.  Readings will be from a wide variety of ChögyamTrungpa Rinpoche’s writings.

The two Winter-Spring 2019 segments are the third and fourth of four making up the full year of our foundational curriculum, and build upon the two segments of Fall 2018. 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 entire 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.


PREVIOUS DATES (FALL 2018)


First two segments started 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)

The two Fall 2018 segments were the first of four making up the full year of our foundational curriculum. The Winter-Spring 2019 segments (above), 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. 

COURSE MATERIALS from these PRIOR SEGMENTS remain AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD: Course Syllabus and Complete Sourcebook PDF


PAST PROGRAMS (SPRING 2018)

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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