Grow and Sustain your Mindfulness Practice in Community
Are you interested in continuing to develop your mindfulness practice? Want to deepen your understanding of mindfulness? Curious about the spiritual roots of contemporary mindfulness teachings? Are you seeking community and support around integrating the habit of daily meditation into your life?
This 6-week online course is for alumni of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program or the Mindful Self-Compassion program who are ready to explore mindfulness more deeply. It was developed by Mindfulness Northwest Founder and Executive Director Tim Burnett.
This course will be different each time it is taught, as Tim will explore a different theme and text related to the roots of mindfulness practice:
Class Theme: In Love with the world
The theme for this class is intimate engagement with the world and our place in it. We’ll read In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and unpack the rich Buddhist teachings he lives into through his surprising multi-year retreat on the streets of India:
“A rare, intimate account of a world-renowned Buddhist monk’s near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained as a result.
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s experience begins the night he has chosen to embark on a four-year wandering retreat, slipping past the monastery gates. Alone for the first time in his life, he sets out into the unknown. His initial motivation is to step away from his life of privilege and to explore the deepest, most hidden aspects of his being, but what he discovers throughout his retreat – about himself and about the world around us – comes to define his meditation practice and teaching.
Just three weeks into his retreat, Rinpoche becomes deathly ill and his journey begins in earnest through this near-death experience. Moving, beautiful, and suffused with local colour, In Love with the World is the story of two different kinds of death: that of the body and that of the ego, and how we can bridge these two experiences to live a better and more fulfilling life. Rinpoche’s skillful and intimate account of his search for the self is a demonstration of how we can transform our dread of dying into joyful living.”
This course will support you in:
- Setting intentions for your practice of mindfulness
- Incorporating formal and informal mindfulness practices in your daily routine
- Learning ways to relate to the doings of your mind in a more healthy way
- Exploring mindfulness in the context of how you relate with others
- Learning how mindfulness was traditionally understood in Buddhism and how to apply this ancient wisdom to our modern lives
- Going more deeply into the scientific support and exploration of mindfulness and its benefits
- Being in community with other committed practitioners of mindfulness and an experienced teacher for two months
In concert with exploring contemporary mindfulness teachings, we’ll orient our exploration around a traditional Buddhist text and touch upon the scientific support for the transformational possibilities of mindfulness practice. The emphasis will be both on developing deeper understanding, and on everyday life integration.
Each week expect:
- Hands-on mindfulness practices, exercises and meditations
- Discussion and exploration of how we’re incorporating mindfulness into our lives
- A deep dive into topics ranging from Buddhist teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness to recent neuroscience
- Weekly home practice assignments, readings, handouts and videos to explore
- Connect with an accountability partner between classes to support your daily practice
Wednesdays, May 1 – June 12*, 2024
6:00 – 8:00pm PST
All-Day Retreat: Saturday, June 1, 9am-4pm PST with Carolyn McCarthy
*No class May 22
Offered Live Online. Zoom link will be sent to you by email once you register.
$320 – $485 (or $80 – $121/month)
- Sliding scale: Choose what’s right for you.
- Payment plan option: 4-months, no-interest.
- Limited scholarships available: No need to apply; just choose a scholarship tuition during registration.
‘One of the most generous, beautiful, and essential books I’ve ever read – thoroughly engaging, so clear, so honest, so courageous and full of wisdom.’
You must have completed either the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course or the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course (with any teacher or school).
Classes like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction are powerful partly because of the strong learning communities that come together over those two months. We learn as much from each other in class as we do from the teacher and the curriculum. Our Going Deeper classes continue and extend that supportive community. We come together to keep learning with and from each other, and to support each other in living in deep conversation with mindfulness practice.
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