Courses and Classes
BCIMS offers long-form courses as an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the dharma and to build community (sangha) by being part of a dharma study cohort over a period of months. Descriptions will indicate whether the course is recommended for a particular level of experience, or if the course is suitable for all levels of experience. Courses may be offered online or in-person.
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BCIMS offers multi-week dharma classes as an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the dharma and to build community (sangha) by connecting with others who are interested in learning and practicing the dharma. Descriptions will indicate whether a class is recommended for a particular level of experience, or if the course is suitable for all levels of experience. Classes are typically 5 to 8 weeks in length and may be offered online or in-person.
Mindfulness of the Body
September 13 to October 4, 2022
7 - 8:30 pm PT
Mind and body are deeply integrated, and the body provides a powerful and compassionate gateway to working with our thoughts, emotions, and general sense of well-being. This course will provide an in-depth exploration of the mindfulness meditation using the body as our primary focus. We will cover several different techniques for meditating with the body and discuss the role of body-based meditation as a crucial component of a greater mindfulness practice.
Mind and Heart in Balance
October 11 to November 29, 2022
7 – 8:30 PM PT
The seven factors of awakening are mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, calm, concentration, and equanimity. These beautiful qualities of the mind are innate potentials in all of us. When developed, they lead to awakening and they are also characteristic of the awakened mind. Since they are beautiful qualities that grow with our attention and appreciation, we will explore, develop and bring them alive together over these 8 weeks. This class is suitable for anyone who has some practice experience such as a weekend retreat or a previous class. Registration will begin September 6, 2022.
WAKING UP TO WHITENESS: DHARMA AND ANTI-RACISM STUDY GROUPS
Lee Anne Smith, Laura Quilici, Susan Harris
This series of study groups is an opportunity to study and discuss a carefully developed curriculum designed to explore anti-racism from a dharma perspective and to share learning and experiences within the group. Our exploration will be based in a Canadian context, with some American sources, including articles (by teachers, activists, government sources and monastics), videos and podcasts.