Four Foundations of Mindfulness

with Geoff Bannoff

October 16th—November 20th (2017)

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  • $110 Program Price
  • $140 Generosity Price

This course is intended for experienced meditators who wish to investigate these foundation teachings on mindfulness meditation practice.  Expect to study 30-60 minutes before each class so we can have a lively, informed discussion.  Classes will begin with a short synopsis of the material by Geoff Bannoff, followed by guided and free discussions.

We will be looking at several presentations on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness:  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Joseph Goldstein, Bhikkhu Analayo, and Punlop Rinpoche will be our main sources.

Chogyam Trungpa’s presentations on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness initially appear to be quite different from the Satipattana Sutra and other commentaries.  Looking deeper, one finds that Trungpa Rinpoche presents a subtle, intuitive approach.  I have found that comparing this with the traditional approaches opens up a world of practice that is illuminating, humbling and enriching in the middle of one’s seemingly mundane sitting meditation.

Trunpa Rinpoche discussed the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in three places:  the 1973 Hinayana/Mahayana Seminary, the 1974 Techniques of Mindfulness seminar, and the 1974 Taming the Mind seminar.  We will be studying these talks in classes 2-5.  

Prerequisites:  at least 2 years regular meditation practice.  
It would be helpful, though not required, to have completed Shambhala Training level 4.

Note:  Every Tuesday morning following the class, there will be an optional 9:30 am - noon sitting meditation session incorporating the specific meditation instructions discussed in each class.  These sitting meditation sessions are open to anyone on a drop-in basis, but will be of particular interest to class participants.

There will be no class on November 13, because of the long weekend, and no Tuesday morning sitting on November 14.

Readings for class 1:

Andrew Olendzki - Discussion of components of mindfulness in the Abhidharma

Joseph Goldstein – the “refrain” of the Satipatthana Sutra

Satipatthana Sutta - section on Mindfulness of Body