When:
September 7, 2017 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM America/Los Angeles Timezone
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If you are interested in joining this program, please contact us!

There’s a quality of focus and quickening of the spiritual path when you come together under a set of commitments and a formal program. Something comes into focus and becomes available that otherwise wouldn’t necessarily be there as clearly or as vividly. Out of that group commitment, the community – energized by our Lineage – comes to life. That, along with one’s individual practice, makes for a very powerful set of conditions for moving along the path of Dharma.    – Stephen Gross

altarBEGINNING the weekend of Sept. 23-24, 2017, Sukhasiddhi will be offering a new 5-month module of the Dharma Training Program, specifically for those who are interested in exploring and deepening dharma practice and want to be part of a spiritual community of like-minded individuals. This program will introduce a variety of Buddhist teachings and practices, and will support each person to choose and practice an authentic path in the midst of work and family commitments.

The program will include two weekend and one day-long retreats, and two weekly classes that will cover important and powerful topics about the dharma path. Participants will also connect with a Sukhasiddhi teacher and meet personally with them to discuss their practice and get questions answered. While some experience with meditation is helpful, the program is open to anyone who has strong intention and feels drawn to participate. There is an interview process to make sure it’s a fit. The program will be offered as an ongoing series of immersive, five-month study modules. The program is open for new students to join at the beginning of each module.

See more information about the Program here >>

“The program will emphasize forming a community of people who are supportive to one another,” says Stephen. “This, I think, is reflective of Buddhism in the West – it isn’t just about solitary practice. We want to have a group dynamic that forms a practice space for authentic listening, as well as being there for each other in a genuine, compassionate way. There’s a quality of focus and quickening of the spiritual path when you come together under a set of commitments and a formal program. It’s unique for each person, but entering into the group energy and brings to life this path for them. That, along with one’s individual practice, makes for a very powerful set of conditions for moving along the path of Dharma.”

Location: Sukhasiddhi Center, Fairfax CA. 

Registration:  Contact Us

Teacher

Stephen Gross met and took refuge with the previous Kalu Rinpoche in the mid-1980s. This seeded his interest in Vajrayana and eventually led him to study with Lama Palden and to complete both the Bodhi and Shangpa lineage practice programs. Fascinated with the human psyche, he attained his Master’s in Psychology and practiced as a licensed psychotherapist for 17 years. He has taught a course in “Buddhism and Psychology” at JFK University. Now, using his humor and love of the Dharma, Stephen teaches classes at Sukhasiddhi on both Buddhist philosophy and practice.

patberubePat Berube first started meditating over 30 years ago and has studied with Asian and Western teachers. For over 14 years, she has studied with Lama Palden, completing both the 5-year Shangpa lineage program and intra-lineage teachers training. She holds a masters degree in counseling and has been an RN for nearly 40 years. Her personal interest is in psycho-spirtual development and integrating the dharma in everyday life. Pat directs the Clear Light Institute at Sukhasiddhi, which supports contemplative approaches to dealing with illness, death, and dying.

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