Friday, February 18, 2011

Buddha's Four Foundations of Mindfulness Course

Mondays, March 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2011
7-9 p.m.
Plymouth Church, 42nd & Ingersoll, Des Moines
Room: Rehersal Hall
Led by: Charles Day
Fee: $30

Pre-Registration is required. Register online
or contact Marta Hawkins 515-255.3149 or
mhawkins@plymouthchurch.com.

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, or the
Satipathanna Sutra, is regarded as the
Buddha’s major teaching on specific
meditations and other practices that lead to the
mystical state called enlightenment or union
with God. The course will include:

1) Guided meditations based on each of the
Four Foundations
2) Explanations and commentary relating them
to the teachings of Buddha
3) Suggestions for applying them in everyday
life
4) Handouts, home practice assignments, and
class discussions

Open to new and experienced meditators. Participants are asked to commit
themselves to meditating at least 20 minutes on at least three days of each week
during the course and, hopefully, more often thereafter. It is recommended but
not necessary to use the following book as a resource during the course: "Transformation and Healing: Sutra On the Four Establishments of
Mindfulness," by Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax Press, 1990. Order from local
book stores or online at http://www.amazon.com/.

Charlie graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines and received his BA in Journalism and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa. He’s worked mostly in California but also in India, Thailand, and Iowa as a psychologist, psychotherapist, consultant, and teacher before retiring in 1997.

He’s the founder and guiding teacher of the Des Moines Meditation and Mindfulness Group, leads weekly meditation groups and occasional retreats in Des Moines and at the Iowa State prison for women in Mitchellville, and
administers the Group’s website http://www.desmoinesmeditation.org/

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