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Early Buddhism: the Dharma of Pleasure with Bernat Font

Saturday, June 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm US Pacific Time

Dāna Program
This dana program is freely offered in the spirit of generosity. Any donation you can offer to the teacher and to the Sati Center to continue making these teachings available is greatly appreciated.
The widespread idea that Buddhism is against pleasure is a misunderstanding. Even whether it is against desire is debatable, but it is certainly not against feeling good. In fact, early Buddhism is built on (and not against) our natural tendency to avoid the painful and seek the pleasant, but in a way that harnesses it for the sake of liberation—it is a form of refined hedonism. This perspective, which we have lost sight of, can balance approaches to dharma practice that are excessively ‘rationalist’ or that double down on our tendency to focus on suffering and the negative. During this workshop Bernat Font will show that many models of progress to awakening share the same underlying ‘hedonic curve’ and explore how this can affect our understanding of the early Buddhist path as well as play out in our own practice.

About the Instructor:

Bernat Font met the dharma at a very young age and has practiced in Europe, India and Myanmar, gradually putting aside his artistic career. He completed his dharma teacher training with Bodhi College in 2022, mentored by Stephen Batchelor, and has a PhD in Buddhist Studies. He founded the dharma organisation ‘Espai Sati’ in Barcelona, serves the LGBTQIA+ community, and teaches in English, Catalan and Spanish.


Saturday, June 22
9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
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