EXPLORING EMPTINESS 4-WEEK COURSE
This course is co-taught with Kristin Barker.
In the midst of challenging conditions, we are perhaps more available for challenging teachings. One of the most profound and yet misunderstood teachings of the Buddha is that of emptiness. The Buddha invites us to contemplate and realize the truth that all worldly phenomena are empty of permanence, satisfactoriness, and self. An embodied sense of these realizations, even for a moment, can lead to enormous freedom and, when sustained, a durable sense of peace and ease.
This program will focus on seeing worldly existence from a variety of viewpoints, leading to greater freedom. We will offer some framing of this transformative teaching and then a series of meditative exercises that help participants to develop a felt experience of emptiness.
The program will consist of four two-hour sessions through Zoom video conference and a daylong retreat, held in person, if possible, or online if necessary. The program also includes two 20-minute private sessions with a teacher to discuss issues arising with these contemplations.
Participants are asked to commit 30 minutes daily toward the meditations introduced in the course. Recordings of guided meditations will be provided.