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Strategies for Overcoming Distracting Thoughts

A course led by Shaila Catherine, Sharon Allen, Chris Clifford, and Diana Clark

  • June 8 — Shaila Catherine
  • June 15 — Diana Clark
  • June 22 — Chris Clifford
  • June 29 — Shaila Catherine
  • July 6 — Shaila Catherine
  • July 13 — Sharon Allen

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Mental restlessness is an insidious and pervasive hindrance that all practitioners struggle to overcome. We can refine our skills for working with all the various modes of thinking that distract us from being mindful: critical thoughts, planning, worrying, lustful thoughts, memories, internal commentaries, to name a few. This course focuses on a sequence of effective strategies that was taught by the Buddha and recorded in the Middle Length Discourses, Suttas 19 and 20. Each session will emphasize one of the Buddha’s practical instructions for dealing with obstructive mental patterns.

This course is offered as a six week series, with progressive lessons and sequential instruction.

Anyone may register for this course, but the material is developed for meditators who have had some previous experience with mindfulness meditation. Previous training in sutta study or retreat experience are welcome but not expected.

Registration is required for this course. Registration will open two-three months (MARCH 1) prior to the start date of each course. Registration fees are non-refundable. To register go to the first event in the series and follow the instructions under REGISTRATION.

The Thursday night dhamma classroom will include an array of topics that will support the development of meditative skills and liberating insight. Please see our 2017 Calendar of Events for details. Courses will be led by experienced teachers and local experts in meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhism. Most classes will be appropriate for both new students and seasoned practitioners; any restrictions or pre-requisites will be noted in the course descriptions.

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