Distance Learning Courses

Living Harmoniously: Discovering Our Dharma

We are born so that we might learn to live in harmony with ourselves and with the world. This is our Dharma, our purpose: to cultivate the the gifts of our souls in order to illuminate the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

Every one of us has the capacity to align ourselves with our purpose—each with our own particular expression thereof—through cultivating the qualities with which our souls are endowed.

The gifts of our souls and the harmonies we create differ in character at different times of life, but at each age and in any circumstance we may live in harmony—whether presented with challenges or blessings.

In this course, we will explore a variety of teachings and practices designed to help us maintain consciousness of the unified whole which is both ground and atmosphere of our being.

You will receive:

* Course materials with collected wisdom from both eastern and western traditions to give you insight into your purpose.

* Practices for your mind for discovering and aligning yourself with your unique expression of soul.

* Practices for your body and breath to create harmony: aligning your activities with your purpose and the expression of your individuality.

The sessions are 1 ½ hours long.

The sessions will be recorded. If you miss a session you can listen to the recording any time within 30 days at any time when it is convenient for you.

Fees: $110.00

 


 

Bach and Contemplation

Since ancient times, philosophy has recognized the power of music and its importance as a voice of human experience.

If you have ever been captivated by a beautiful melody or found the articulation of an inexpressible longing in a song, you have experienced the power of music to take you into states of contemplation—even when you are unaware that this is happening.

Bach and Contemplation explores the music of J.S. Bach as a way of cultivating contemplative experience—that is, discovering the ways in which the music of Bach may open us to a place of deep stillness.

Since ancient times, philosophy has recognized the power of music and its importance as a voice of human experience.

If you have ever been captivated by a beautiful melody or found the articulation of an inexpressible longing in a song, you have experienced the power of music to take you into states of contemplation—even when you are unaware that this is happening.

Bach and Contemplation explores the music of J.S. Bach as a way of cultivating contemplative experience—that is, discovering the ways in which the music of Bach may open us to a place of deep stillness.

This day-long program is experiential. We will be listening to and engaging with the music of Bach. You need not be a musician or singer in order to participate. Learning to cultivate musical experience for contemplative practice is available to everyone.

In this course you will:

* Receive materials to prepare you for the workshop and for discussions during the workshop.

* Practice “attentive listening.”

* Engage music more fully by learning practices for your body and mind that allow you to receive more from your experience of sound and melody.

* Participate experientially and in discussions.

* Learn to cultivate your practice at home on your own.

The sessions are 1 ½ hours long.

The sessions will be recorded. If you miss a session you can listen to the recording any time within 30 days at any time when it is convenient for you.

Fees: $110.00

 


 

Reading Poetry as Contemplative Practice

In this course we shall explore reading as contemplative practice specifically engaging in reading poetry.

Poetry “communicates before it is understood,” said T.S. Eliot, just as a smile does.

Although a smile can be analyzed, its interpretation never quite matches what it fully communicates. In this same way, whatever we might say about a poem, [or a symphony, or any work of art], falls short of the immediacy and fullness of our direct experience of it.

This course is designed to deepen our experience of the “elemental meaning” of poetry. Elemental Meaning is that which is immediately and instantly recognizable, like a smile. Elemental Meaning is a path to consciousness—one that can be cultivated through reading and contemplating.

We shall explore ways to:

• Read for experience rather than for appropriation of information.

• Cultivate the understanding that a poem, as human utterance, addresses us, so that as readers we must listen.

• Read in receptive activity while being actively receptive.

• Read as a mutual exchange between Reader and Poem.

• Read as a transformative and illuminative practice.

The course includes:

• Materials which will be emailed to you in advance of each session.

• Suggestions for preparation for each session.

• Physical practices to deepen your grasp of the concepts in the text.

• Group participation and Discussion.

• Suggestions for ongoing practice.

The sessions are 1 ½ hours long.

The sessions will be recorded. If you miss a session you can listen to the recording any time within 30 days at any time when it is convenient for you.

Fees: $110.00

 


 

Western and Eastern Philosophical Inquiry as Contemplative Practice

Whatever our own heritage may be, we have something to learn from the timeless and enduring philosophies elaborated by great philosophers, who address questions pertinent to our being: Who are we? What is our purpose and why are we here? How shall we live?

Out of the mosaic of the wisdom offered in both eastern and western traditions, a pattern of human understanding emerges that is consistent, clear, and illuminating.

In this course we will explore the writing of some of the world’s greatest thinkers whose thought has articulated and shaped human experience. We will read and contemplate selections from great works, for example, by Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Pantajali, as well as explore contemplative practices which deepen our understanding of the texts.

The course includes:

• Materials which will be emailed to you in advance of each session.

• Suggestions for preparation for each session.

• Physical practices to deepen your grasp of the concepts in the text.

• Group participation and Discussion.

• Suggestions for ongoing practice.

The sessions are 1 ½ hours long.

The sessions will be recorded. If you miss a session you can listen to the recording any time within 30 days at any time when it is convenient for you.

Fees: $110.00

Upon registration you will be given a call in number for the conference call. You are responsible for any long distance charges you may be charged for the call.

 


 

Cultivating the Gifts of Our Senses

In every moment we reside in our bodies. We are endowed with organs of perception. Through these we know the world.

Our organs of perception allow us to experience the manifold objects of the world through seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and/or touching. These sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures are then identified, categorized, evaluated, and responded to by our Minds within the context of our memories, experiences, and predispositions. In this way we order and evaluate the raw perceptions provided by our sense organs. This process happens in an instant usually without our being aware of it.

Cultivating the Gifts of our Senses is based in the understanding that Self-Knowledge begins with paying attention to our perceptions—to the ways in which we know things in and through our bodies and minds. It is this Self-Knowledge which leads us to knowledge of the Absolute—to greater knowledge of that which creates all things, sustains all things, and causes all things to pass away.

Cultivating the Gifts of Our senses is not a course in sensory indulgence, but in paying attention so that our senses become servants of higher consciousness through which we may come increasingly to know that shimmering Reality which exists in and as all things.

This course is divided into two parts. In Part I we explore practices to work with our Speech (even though it is not technically a sense, it is a good place to begin), as well as with the senses of Sight and Hearing. In Part II we work with the senses of Smell, Touch, and Taste.

The course includes:

• Materials which will be emailed to you in advance of each session.

• Suggestions for preparation for each session.

• Physical practices to deepen your grasp of the concepts in the text.

• Group participation and Discussion.

• Suggestions for ongoing practice.

The sessions are 1 ½ hours long.

The sessions will be recorded. If you miss a session you can listen to the recording any time within 30 days at any time when it is convenient for you.

Tuition:

Part I — $110.00

Part II — $110.00

Upon registration you will be given a call in number for the conference call. You are responsible for any long distance charges you may be charged for the call.

 


 

 Threading the Infinite

All things as we know them come into being, exist for a time, and then fade away.

This is the nature of finite existence—existence within time and place—including our existence as human beings.

Yet we sense, on a deep level, that there is something more to know about existence, something more than meets our eyes—an eternal, sweet something which is responsible for the cycles of beginnings, middles, and ends, whether of the days, the seasons, or our lives.

We are aware of this thread of the Infinite binding all finite things, and enfolding all of existence within its vast, eternal Realm. We sometimes experience this Infinite thread, and yet it eludes our grasp.

In this course, you will learn ways to become more and more aware of the joyful, endless play of Infinite existence—an experience that, with practice, brings greater sweetness and tranquility to our everyday lives.

We will explore practices for our minds and our breath designed to seat you more deeply into awareness of the infinite within the finite, of the sacred in the everyday. These practices will give you the ability to carry radiant awareness with you into all that you do because of all that you are.

The course includes:

• Materials which will be emailed to you in advance of each session.

• Suggestions for preparation for each session.

• Practices designed to deepen your grasp of the concepts in the text.

• Group participation and Discussion.

• Suggestions for ongoing practice.

The sessions are 1 ½ hours long.

The sessions will be recorded. If you miss a session you can listen to the recording any time within 30 days at any time when it is convenient for you.

Fees: $110.00

Upon registration you will be given a call in number for the conference call. You are responsible for any long distance charges you may be charged for the call.

 


 

Meditation Made Manageable

Different forms of meditation have been a part of both eastern and western mental and spiritual disciplines for over a thousand years. Within the past decade neuroscience has demonstrated the benefits of meditative practice to physical and mental wellbeing.

Whether you are a practiced meditator or a beginner, this course provides both an experiential and philosophical teachings that will rejuvenate and deepen an ongoing practice, or give you a solid foundation for starting one if you are just beginning.

You will learn about the anatomy and philosophy of meditation. You will learn and practice different techniques so that you may find the one that works best for you.

This course includes tips on making your home practice easy, effective, and manageable within your busy everyday life. During the practice sessions you will be given the opportunity to troubleshoot obstacles or difficulties you may encounter as you practice.

You will complete the course with a solid foundation for meditative practice so that you may begin or continue to meditate with ease and enjoyment.

  • Materials which will be emailed to you in advance of each weekly session.
  • Tips for making a daily practice manageable.
  • Weekly feedback for helping overcome obstacles to your meditation.
  • Group participation and discussion during and after the session.

 

The sessions are 1 ½ hours long.

The sessions will be recorded. If you miss a session you can listen to the recording any time within 30 days at any time when it is convenient for you.

Fees: $110.00

 


 

Patanajli’s Yoga Sutras

Hatha yoga is a practice for your body. Did you know that your yoga practice is rooted in a philosophy whose aim is nothing short of human happiness?

You already know the ways in which your physical practice improves your life. Study the philosophy that underlies your practice and gain insight into your mind and your body.

Enhance your physical practice with intellectual understanding. Learn about the benefits of creating a tranquil Mind.

This course is an Introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, one of the foundational texts of Yoga which teaches about integration as complete human beings unified around a silent and unbounded center.

The course includes:

  • Materials which will be emailed to you in advance of each weekly session.
  • Physical practices to deepen your grasp of the concepts in the text.
  • Group participation and discussion during and after the session.

The sessions are 1 ½ hours long.

The sessions will be recorded. If you miss a session you can listen to the recording any time within 30 days at any time when it is convenient for you.

Fees: $110.00