Online Course – Developing Clarity; Discovering Mindfulness

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Developing Clarity; Discovering Mindfulness

A training for living freely and wisely

A 6-session ONLINE course with Shaila Catherine and Kim Allen

Thursdays, March 18 – May 27, 2021

This course will introduce mindfulness meditation in the context of three primary trainings of the Buddhist path: ethical conduct, mental development, and discerning wisdom. 

Instructions and guided meditations will teach how to cultivate mindfulness of breath, sensations, emotions, thoughts and actions. Mindfulness refines our ability to focus attention, balance energy, remove distraction, and develop clarity regarding all aspects of life. This series will include exercises that enhance mindfulness, support the establishment of a daily meditation practice, and highlight clarity in work, relationships, and daily activities. 

The course is designed with beginning and intermediate level practitioners in mind, but would be appropriate for anyone seeking to refine fundamental meditation techniques and strengthen their daily practice. The course will meet every other week, providing time for each participant to establish a strong daily at-home meditation practice. 

Classes will include meditation, teachings, Q&A, and discussion. Recordings of guided meditations will provide support between sessions.

  • March 18 – Why Meditate? The benefits of mindfulness for a liberating path and happy life (Kim)
  • April 1 – Developing Concentration: The power of mindfulness with breathing (Shaila)
  • April 15 – Cultivating Presence: Mindfulness of the body, on and off the cushion (Kim)
  • April 29 – Emotional Awareness: Mindfulness of mental states (Shaila)
  • May 13 – Calming the Restless Mind: Mindfulness of thoughts (Kim)
  • May 27 – Clearing the Path: Mindfulness of hindrances and intentions, and making practice one’s own (Shaila)

VIDEO CONFERENCES: We will use the Zoom video conference platform. Zoom is easy to access via computer or phone. More information will be provided in the confirmation materials after registering.

Visit our Teacher Page for teacher biographies and photographs.

REGISTRATION: Registration is required for this course. Registration fees are non-refundable. To register, select an option under the Tickets heading at the bottom of this page. To register for a course, you purchase one ticket, which registers you for the entire class series. You only need to register once; you do not need to register separately for each class session. 

COURSE FEE: The sliding scale fee range is from $600 to $150 and includes registration fees and teacher dana. The lower end of the sliding scale is intended for those with limited financial means. The low rate of $150 is a basic administrative fee and does not include teacher dana. We encourage you to choose the highest level that is appropriate for your economic situation. By choosing to pay at the mid to high range of the sliding scale, your generosity helps those with limited income to attend our programs, and provides support for our teachers.

SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE: A limited number of scholarships at the rate of $75 are available for those with very limited financial means. To request this 50% discounted scholarship rate, please inquire with the registrar prior to selecting a ticket by contacting ThursdayClass. The registrar will send recipients of scholarships a coupon code that will lower the base rate by half during the registration process.

TAX DEDUCTIONS: The basic registration fee is not tax deductible. Donations above the base rate will be considered voluntary contributions and are deductible for any amount that is over the base rate. Each January, the IMSB treasurer sends donors letters that acknowledge the amount given for the previous year that is above the basic rate; this serves as documentation for tax deduction purposes.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All fees and payments are non-refundable. If it becomes necessary to cancel participation in a course, and the registrar is notified prior to the start of the first class meeting, your registration fee will be converted into a voucher creditable towards the fee for a future IMSB Thursday class. Vouchers must be used within one year of the initial course start date, and may be transferred to only one future course. Cancellations that occur after the start of the first class are not eligible for the voucher credit.

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