Walking in the Buddha's footsteps: the Eightfold Path 2020jun2clol

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Come explore the Buddha's teaching on the path to freedom from suffering.

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In this class we'll explore the Buddha's teachings on the Eightfold Path. These teachings weave together wisdom teachings, formal meditation practice, and the way we live our everyday lives into one seamless whole.

This class will have a mix of guided meditation, discussion, and interactive exercises; the intention is to engage with the teachings both intellectually and experientially, to begin to embed them more deeply into our lives. This class is most suitable for people with some meditation experience.

This 9 week series begins on June 2 and ends on July 28. Both you and the group will benefit if you commit to coming to all sessions. Email rachel@bcims.org with any questions.

The registration fee goes towards BCIMS operating expenses; the teachers are not paid by BCIMS for their time. You are invited to make a separate contribution to the teachers to support their ability to devote time to their teaching activities.

Led by Rachel Lewis and Jason Leslie.

Rachel completed Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program in 2012, as well as its Dedicated Practitioners Program in 2010. She began retreat teacher training at IMS in 2017. She has spent over 500 nights on silent retreat since 2003, including two 3-month retreats. She has taught at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women and in Vancouver and area since 2011, as well as via her alter egos Buddhist Hulk and Bhante Mixalot. Rachel’s day job at VCH is only barely related to her physics PhD. Her interest in bringing music into meditation practice led her to develop a songbook of Buddhist music for choirs. She also maintains BCIMS' Facebook page.

Jason Leslie has been practicing for over 15 years and has experience in both the Tibetan and Vipassana Buddhist traditions. He has completed Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners Program (2015), has sat a number of long retreats including one 3-month retreat, and has been leading meditation groups and classes since 2008. He has been authorized by Adrianne Ross to teach classes in the Vipassana tradition and currently runs the Gen X / Millennial weekly sit. His main dharma teachers have been Adrianne Ross, Tempel Smith, Pascal Auclair, and Beth Sternlieb in the Vipassana community, and Rodney Devenish (Karma Kunsang Rinpoche) in the Kagyu Tibetan tradition. He practiced as a lawyer in Vancouver for many years and is now pursuing a PhD in law at UBC.

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