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Home Study: Essentials of Secular Buddhism - Eight Week Series
Wed, 1/15/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 1/29/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 2/5/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 2/12/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 2/19/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 3/5/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Core Teachings of Buddhist Practice, Psychology & Philosophy
An Eight Week Series - January 15-March 5
Audio Lectures are available a few days following the class session in mp3 format, and may be streamed from the website or downloaded and listened to at your convenience.
Buddhism is comprised of many lineages and cultures, originating with the teachings of the historical Buddha over 2600 years ago in India. Though Buddhist traditions emphasize different rituals and texts, the essential trainings of wisdom, contemplation, and ethics are shared by all. This unique, multi-lineage course offers a solid foundation for an understanding of the history and development of Buddhist thought, the major traditions and their associated texts and paths, a skillful overview of essential Buddhist concepts, terms, and practices, and a consideration of what it means to be a “Buddhist" in our contemporary society.
We will practice 30 minutes of sitting meditation at each class, and will encourage and support all students to commit to sitting everyday. Topics will include: understanding the historical Buddha and his world; the spread of Buddhism and origination of its major traditions, including Theravadan & Mahayanan and the Three Turnings; Four Noble Truths, Three Marks of Existence, Three Trainings, Eightfold Path, Twelve Nidanas; and the Bodhisattva Ideal, its origins and meanings within different sects.
This new series is designed for beginners as well as more experienced students, and will be taught by the IDP Teaching Staff. Syllabus and readings will be posted in December. We invite students to commit to meditation practice during this series, and registration for the full six weeks will provide daily support via our discussion board as well as audio access to all classes. We also encourage students to connect with us via Insight Timer by joining the IDP Secular Buddhist group.
Lani Rowe holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and was the founding student coordinator of the MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics and Society. Her dissertation was entitled "Love and War in the Writings of St. Augustine." She is currently a business and technology consultant for small businesses and non-profits and serves as Membership Director on the IDP board. A dedicated yoga practitioner and athlete who can often be found experimenting in music composition and oil painting, Lani is committed to embodied and artful mindfulness/awareness training. Having been profoundly transformed by meditation practice, her enthusiasm and curiosity for all things Buddhist inspired her to finish the 2012 IDP Yearlong Immersion and Instructor Training. Although she claims no lineage, she is profoundly grateful for the community and home she’s found at IDP and is particularly influenced by the legacy and teachings of the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, as well as the living Zen luminary Thich Nhat Hanh.
Ven. Lawrence Dō'an Grecco is a Zen Buddhist monk, Buddhist teacher, and certified Zen teacher. He was ordained in the Korean Zen tradition as represented by the Five Mountain Zen Order and the Vietnamese lineage of Ven. Dr. Thich Thien-An. Lawrence is a teacher at the Interdependence Project and holds a certificate in Foundations in Buddhist Chaplaincy from the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He writes for The Interdependence Project in addition to his own blog, Open Sky Zen, and works with individuals and couples as a life coach and wedding officiant. Lawrence is the Founding Director of Open Sky Zen Meditation & Buddhist Studies Group and Queer Sangha, which both meet regularly in Manhattan. He can be reached at email@example.com
Kimberly Brown is a graduate of the first year-long IDP Training Immersion Program, studies Tibetan and American Buddhism and Kriya yoga. Prior to meeting the dharma, she studied in many fields, including physics and literature, spent several years in post-graduate training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, and worked at a marketing consultancy for more than a decade. She is very grateful to everyone in the IDP community and especially its founder, Ethan Nichtern.
A lifelong dancer and longtime yogi, Kate finally learned to sit still at The Interdependence Project, where she completed the year-long Training Immersion Program in December 2011. A student in the Insight (Vipassana) meditation tradition, she graduated from the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation teacher training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2012, and participated from a three-month retreat at Insight Meditation Society in 2013. Kate teaches yoga and mindfulness meditation to high school students in public schools throughout NYC, and is a co-owner of Third Root Community Health Center (www.thirdroot.org), a radically accessible holistic health care cooperative in Brooklyn, NY.
Home-Study Series Prices
$50 Early Bird Price - Register by January 8th
$65 Full Price (Non-Members)
$52 Basic Members
$45 Sustaining Members
Free for Fearless & Endowing Members - contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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IDP strives to meet the financial needs of our community while facing the financial challenges of a not-for-profit in NYC. Reduced-payment options and Work-Study can be arranged by contacting email@example.com to make prior payment arrangements.
The Secular Buddhist Studies Program at the Interdependence Project offers a strong and accessible foundation in Buddhist meditation, psychology, philosophy, and ethics from a secular perspective, inclusive of multiple traditions and bodies of teaching. Interested in the Secular Buddhist Studies Program? Learn more here.