Buddhist Studies Classes:

Mindful Speech and Deep Listening

Thich Nhat Hanh In this seven-week course we will look deeply into the ways we create happiness or suffering with the words we speak and the ways we listen. By bringing mindfulness to the basic human practice of speaking and listening, we will explore the opportunities and challenges that arise with every sound we utter.
We will study excerpts from the book For a Future to Be Possible by Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as writings by other teachers, ancient and modern. The course will include presentations by the instructor, discussion, and suggestions for home practice. Each session will also include meditation practice, with instruction.

Download course description (PDF).

Registration Information

Wednesdays, June 6—July 25 (no class July 4)
7:00-8:45 P.M.
$130 (members $115), materials included

Member rates apply to members of all local Dharma centers. Reduced fees are offered as needed; please contact the Center at (612) 781-7640.

Register online, print and mail a registration form, or call (612) 781-7640. (To register online, payment can be entered in the box to the right of “Buddhist Studies” under “Program Fees.”)


Buddhist Psychology Series: A Special Year-Long Program of Study and Practice

Mind is the forerunner of all things.– the Buddha

A central concern of the Buddha Dharma, and of all of us as humans, is the nature of our mind. Our mind largely determines our experience in this world—how much trouble for ourselves and others we cause, how much kindness and support we offer, how much freedom and luminosity we realize. Meditation practice helps us see how our mind works, and the teachings of Buddhist psychology help us know what to look for.

In this three-part series we will explore various aspects of consciousness and how the mind functions to create our world. We will draw upon over a thousand years of development in Buddhist investigation of the mind, from the Abhidhamma of the Pali Canon to later Mahayana teachings, including the Yogacara teachings of manas and store consciousness. We will also examine some of the recent discoveries in neuroscience.

Fall 2017: Understanding Our Mind

Winter 2018: Constructing the Self

Spring 2018: Who Am I?