Anapanasati Workshop
Anapanasati is from the Pali Canon (Majjhima Nikaya # 118) and is the Buddha’s teaching on how to practice mindfulness of breathing. In the Pali tradition Anapanasati is considered to be one of the two most important teachings the Buddha gave on meditation. Indeed, many important Buddhist teachers, such as Thich Nhat Hahn and Bhikkhu Bodhi, say this is the practice the Buddha was using on the night of his awakening.

Needless to say this can be a fruitful practice and there are many levels to it. Most meditators already know the basics of breath meditation but don’t know how much deeper their practice can go or they may have heard it can go deeper but don’t know how to go there. The purpose of this workshop is to help people who are familiar with breath meditation explore ways to take it deeper as taught by the Buddha in this famous sutra. We will explore the teaching in some depth over 3 Saturdays. Here are the workshop details:

Prerequisites: This class is offering advanced techniques. Therefore only people who already have experience with breath meditation should enroll. To qualify, a student should be able to do a breath meditation comfortably and with some degree of focus for at least 10 minutes. If you have questions about this please talk with the instructor to see if you qualify.

Classes may not be skipped: This workshop has three classes and each class builds on the information offered during the previous class. If a student misses a class they are not eligible to take subsequent classes.

Home practice is necessary: These classes teach meditation techniques and the only way to learn techniques is by practice. It’s expected that a student who enrolls is willing to practice in between classes.

Instructor: Bill Stauffer is a Chenrezig Center teacher and has been practicing Anapanasati for years. One of Bill’s main practices is Choiceless Awareness and he uses Anapanasati to enter into Choiceless Awareness. If you are considering registering and have questions about the class, you may contact Bill by email: stauffew@yahoo.com

Class Schedule: The class will run from 09:00 until noon on 3 Saturdays: (October 12, October 26, November 9). All students will be given a copy of the Anapanasati text from the Pali Canon and will also be given handouts related to each class’s instructions. Classes will include discussion, specific meditation instruction, and time to practice those instructions. There will also be ample time for questions.

Registration and Class Fees: Complete this form to register. Members : $30 for all three classes. Nonmembers $45 for all three classes. All payments go to benefit the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia.

Location: Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center 954 North Marshall Street Philadelphia, PA 19123
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