Core Teachings of the Buddha: The Heart of the Buddha’s Path of Awakening

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Description

Although this course has now started you can still register for another week and catch up on the first session with the recorded material.  

This year long programme provides a comprehensive overview of all the core teachings offered by the Buddha and is composed of monthly meetings, interspersed with day long retreats. It is suitable for both beginner and experienced students who are committed to a deeper exploration of the early teachings of the Buddha that underpin meditative practice. 

The themes we will reflect on contain the profound insights taught by the Buddha that are at the heart of the awakening process. 

The programme will be supported by a recommended reading list and guidelines on how to cultivate these teaching in our lives. There will be the option to join self-run study groups. The evening sessions with include teaching, practice, peer groups and time for questions and reflection. The day long retreats include more extended practice and teaching times.

Event Details

Schedule & Topics: 

Please note that during the year the UK’s time zone will change from BST to GMT.  For time zone conversions to your local time, please feel free to use this link. 

Date

Timings

Topic

Teachers

2023

 

 

 

Sep 13

6-8 pm BST

Who is the Buddha, how did the teachings come into being, what is unique, what does the teaching offer

CF, CK, YN

Oct 11

6-8 pm BST

Meditation – how do we understand meditation, different styles, where do they go

CF, CK

 

 

Nov 22

 

6-8 pm GMT

Three Characteristics

CF, YN

Dec 10

9.30 am-4.30pm GMT

Three Characteristics

CF, YN

2024

 

 

 

 

Jan. 10.

 

6-8 pm GMT

Four Tasks

CF, YN

 

Feb. 21

 

6-8 pm GMT

Four Tasks

CK, YN

 

March 20

 

6-8 pm GMT

Brahma Viharas

CF, CK

April 20

9.30 am-4.30pm BST

 

Brahma Viharas

CF, CK

 

May 15

 

6-8 pm BST

Eightfold path

CK, YN

 

June 19

 

6-8 pm BST

Eightfold path

CK, YN

 

July 24

 

6-8 pm BST

Eightfold path

CF,CK

 

August 31

 

9.30 am-4.30pm BST

Satipatthanas

CF, YN

Each evening session will include teaching, practice, peer groups and Q&A. the daylongs will be an opportunity for more extended practice.

9 evening sessions: 2 hours from 6-8pm as follows:

13th September, 11th October, 22nd November 2023.

10th January, 21st February, 20th March, 15th May, 19th June and 24th July 2024. 

3 day-long sessions: 9.30 to 4.30 UK time as follows:

10th December 2023. 20th April and 31st August 2024. 

Suitability:

Open to all - new and experienced practitioners alike.

 Cost:

  • The price includes a fee for the teachers, no additional dana will be requested. 
  • If you are unable to afford the rate please let us know. We will make sure that no one is turned away because of lack of funds

Teachers: 

CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachussetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976. She is one of the teaching faculty of the CPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha and is engaged in teaching the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands. Her most recent book Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, written with Willem Kuyken, was published in the summer of 2019. 

 

CHRISTOPH KÖCK was born in Vienna, Austria, and spent 17 years of his life as a Buddhist monk in the Theravadin tradition. He lived mainly in monasteries connected with Ajahn Chah in Thailand and the West. Currently he lives in Vienna, working as a psychotherapist in a private practice. He teaches Buddhism and meditation internationally, and is trained to teach MBSR and MBCT. 

YUKA NAKAMURA has practised Buddhist meditation in different traditions since 1993, has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and is a certified MBSR-teacher. Trained as a Buddhist meditation teacher by Fred von Allmen she teaches meditation at Beatenberg (Switzerland), Gaia House (UK), Insight Meditation Society (Barre, MA) and other places. Yuka offers MBSR-courses and MBI-trainings at the CFM Zentrum für Achtsamkeit (CH).