This series of 8 workshops will be an opportunity to study the components of the Noble Eightfold Path in some detail, with a focus on their application in our daily lives. The workshops will be spread through the calendar year 2019, with one held every 6-7 weeks. We will follow the traditional sequence of the teachings, starting with Right view, followed by Right intention, Right speech, Right conduct, Right livelihood, Right effort, Right mindfulness, and Right concentration.
These workshops will be suitable for those who have engaged in Vipassana meditation practice for at least 6 – 12 months and have done some reading of the core teachings, such as the 4 Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold path (detailed study in not a requisite). While it may be helpful to attend all the workshops as part of a comprehensive study of the Eightfold Path, this is not mandatory and practitioners may attend the workshops selectively.
Each workshop will include guided meditation, brief talks on the main topic, Q&A sessions and group discussions.
Ramesh has been part of the Common Ground sangha since 2006 and joined the Board of Directors in 2016. He is a Geriatric psychiatrist and has a deep professional interest in understanding the complex and dynamic interplay between our minds and bodies that often underlie many physical and mental health illnesses. His spiritual practice too is guided by the Buddha’s advice about the deep wisdom inherent in our bodies – “within this very fathom-long body, with its perceptions and inner sense, lies the world, the cause of the world, the cessation of the world and the path that leads to the cessation of the world.” He shares some of his experiences through workshops at Common Ground on mindfulness and chronic pain, and finding wisdom in our bodies.