Dharma Study Program
Gain a grounding in the teachings through reading, guidance, and discussion.
For those who are serious about liberation—or “the heart’s sure release” (as the Buddha called it)—the importance of a solid grounding in Dharma teachings cannot be overemphasized.
Here is some feedback on previous years’ Dharma Study Programs:
- “How wonderful to investigate the Dharma… I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate.”
- “Being able to study…with a group of like-minded friends was extremely helpful. The light, joyful, open atmosphere was very pleasant.”
- “I really feel I got a taste of the Dharma…The balance of meditation, group discussions, questions and answers, and socializing was ideal.”
If you wish to participate in the Dharma Study Program, we ask you to:
- meditate regularly
- uphold the Five Precepts and try to integrate them into your daily life
- complete the readings and attend the study group meetings
- attend at least two multi-day SIMT retreats per year
You may find the following books to be helpful preparation, especially if you are new to the Dharma Study Program:
- Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness by Bhante Gunaratana
- The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Course Structure, Fall 2017–Winter 2018
Dharma Study Program meetings are held on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are at the Society of Friends (Quakers) House.
The 2017-2018 study program will begin Saturday, October 7. The fall dates are scheduled as follows:
- October 7
- November 4
- December 2
Further dates and the readings will be posted when available.
Participants are divided into groups, which meet to discuss the readings. Some suggested topics for discussion are:
What did you find most helpful in the readings? How did these readings impact your practice and life?
At each session, volunteers are chosen to offer a presentation of the assigned reading for the next session.
11:00–12:00 Taking of Precepts and sitting meditation
12:00–12:30 Presentation of the readings
12:30–1:00 Tea break
1:00–1:50 Group discussions
2:00–3:00 Opportunity for groups to briefly ask questions on topics that they would like to have clarified; teachers’ comments; and then close with sitting
Payment prior to the beginning of the program ensures placement. Please note that payment is non-refundable. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org