Due to the nature of this program, Reya would like to speak with everyone briefly before registration. If you would like to join this program, please fill out this form and she will be in touch by phone. Once approved for the class the CIMC office will contact you to register. Online registration for this program is not available. Space is limited to 12 participants.
Rates: Benefactor $160.00, Non-Member $130.00, Member $100.00
Physical health issues can motivate us on our meditative journeys, but they can also pose daunting challenges. In this eight-week online, live video conference practice group we will seek refuge from pain and illness by drawing strength and guidance from each of Buddhism’s traditional Three Refuges: the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Together, these refuges connect us with:
- our innate capacity for peace;
- a liberating understanding of life that we can verify for ourselves; and
- the support of those who also walk this path.
As part of connecting to the Three Refuges, this program will help you develop, adapt or continue your formal meditation practice at home. Small group discussions will deepen our understanding of course topics and help us build community. Our online, live video conference format is intended to especially benefit participants who might have difficulty attending CIMC or other meditation centers in person.
This course could be for you if any of the following (or something similar) applies:
- Health-related challenges are the dominant issues on your mind. You want to explore them in light of the Buddha’s teachings—whether you consider yourself a Buddhist or not.
- You had already been practicing meditation, but when health issues arose or intensified, you felt either that your practice floundered or that it needed to change course somehow. You want support to explore this.
- You have been interested in meditation for a while, but classes and retreats have been inaccessible to you. Fortunately, you can attend this online class from home.
Participants must commit to:
- A brief technology orientation before the course begins.
- Watching or listening to the weekly dharma talk assigned for each session (40-50 minutes).
- Practicing “mindfulness-in-daily-life” exercises.
- One phone call outside of class per week with another class member.
- Attending all eight sessions, as health allows. Please note that the first class will be 90min and is especially important for providing you with a framework and intention for the group and your practice.
Participants will be encouraged and supported to:
- Practice meditation daily at home. The suggested time commitment for most people is 20-60 minutes per day, but it could be less for some individuals.
Participants will connect via Zoom© video conferencing service—a simple, easy-to-use forum. Instructions and technical support will be provided, as needed, to ensure you are set up before the first meeting. Headphones with a built-in microphone are recommended for the best sound quality.
Class will not meet on November 27 (the day before Thanksgiving).