Welcome
Zoom Link
PROGRAM STRUCTURE
Course Components
Reading Assignments
Writing Assignments
Service Work
Mentor Interviews
Optional Activities
COURSE INFO
Contacts, Communications and Slack
Group Agreements
Payment, Withdrawal and Completion
MONTH BY MONTH
Before Our First Workshop
September
Karuna – Compassion
Seminar 09/08
Workshop 09/29
October
Dana – Generosity
Seminar 10/13
Workshop 10/20
November
Sila – Virtue
Seminar 11/10
Workshop 11/17
December
Nekkhama – Renunciation
Seminar 12/04
Workshop 12/08
January
Panna – Wisdom
Seminar 01/12
Workshop 01/19
February
Virya – Energy
Seminar 02/02
Workshop 02/09
March
Khanta – Patience
Seminar 03/08
Workshop 03/15
April
Sacca – Truth
Seminar 04/09
Workshop 04/12
May
Aditthana – Resolve
Seminar 05/03
Workshop 05/10
June
Metta – Lovingkindness
Seminar 05/31
Workshop 06/07
July
Upekkha – Equanimity
Seminar 06/28
Workshop 07/12
RESOURCES
Action + Reflection = Learning
– General
Return to sati.org

October

DANA – GENEROSITY
Workshop date: 10/13/2023

A monk once asked the Chinese Zen master Hui-hai, “What is the gate of Zen practice?” Hui-hai answered, “Complete giving.”

CLASS RECORDINGS

TO DO BEFORE NOVEMBER CLASS:
– Practice regularly with paramita of the month: Generosity. See below for suggested activity.
– Continue developing service work plan
– Meet with your buddy
– Meet with your small group. See below for assignment.
– Have a Mentor Interview if you are scheduled here
– Write the Dharma Story assignment: ‘Crying With
– Write first Action-Reflection paper
– Read the October workshop follow-up articles posted below
– Read at least 50% of the Book-of-the-Month (click here for schedule). Specifically focus on Chapter 2 of An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics, titled ‘Key Buddhist Values’ in time for November’s seminar.
– Optional: Work with your Reflections Journal

READ

DANA / GENEROSITY
The Perfection of Generosity
Dana in the Theravada Tradition

DEEP LISTENING
‘Listen’ – Anonymous Poem
Foundational Listening and Responding Skills

COMMUNITY FORMATION
Attitudes Towards Difference: The Riddle Scale
Embracing Ambiguity
Offering Spiritual Support for Families or Friends

ASSIGNMENT REGARDING THE GROUP AGREEMENTS

We will revisit the Group Agreements and edit them and then finalize them at the November session (not in detail nor as time consuming as this was today, but for about 30 minutes)
Your assignment is two-fold:

1. Review, discuss, consider how Group Agreements relate to:
– Spiritual Care skills
– Your Individual formation or practice development
– The Buddhist teachings, practices, values that apply to caring for one another by Group Agreements

2. Review the Group Agreements and decide which ones merit further clarification or editing/changing language. Propose additional agreements in writing.

OPTIONAL PRACTICE ACTIVITY

Inspired by the Kolam ritual, can you make something (a drawing, poem, baked goods, a meal etc) to give away this month. Can you give it away completely, without holding on to any part of it? (for example, making a copy of a drawing or poem).

Carefully follow the unfolding of this activity, taking note of:
– who you choose to give your object to
– how you offer it
– the impact of the gift on yourself and on the recipient
– what comes up for you in this process of creation and giving

OPTIONAL FURTHER READING/RESOURCES

Messages – The Communication Skills Book

By Matthew McKay, Martha Davis and Patrick Fanning

The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World

By Lewis Hyde

Scroll to Top