Dharma Classes and Training
Since Buddhism’s migration to the West, an explosion of Dharma texts has occurred, offering resources, insight, and methods for studying and forgetting the self. Anattasati Magga offers a variety of options for deeper exploration of the Dharma.
Dharma Study Groups Facilitated by Sujata
Sujata leads Dharma study groups throughout the year in North Carolina and in California. Each study group centers on a different book about Buddhism. Past books include The Way of the Bodhisattva and Wake Up To Your Life.
North Carolina Dharma study groups meet every other month.
California Dharma study groups meet five times a year. Meetings take place in September, November, January, March, and May.
Participants usually spend two years studying each Dharma book.
If you are interested in joining a Dharma study group, contact Sujata to discuss which group may be most appropriate.
Buddhist Classes taught by Lay Ministers
With Sujata’s support, Lay Ministers can teach the following Dharma Class:
Buddhist Precepts Class: Buddhism 101
One becomes a Buddhist by taking refuge in Buddha’s teaching, personally or publicly. The precepts classes include dharma lecture, discussion, and weekly practice for anyone inquiring into becoming a Buddhist. These classes are keyed to sections of the mala used during Daily Recitation at the Sangha. They are designed to deepen our inquiry into the Buddha’s list of priorities for enlightenment:
- The Four Noble Truths, including The Three Characteristics of Existence
- Dependent Origination and Karma
- The Eight-Fold Path, leading to meditation
- Following the Precepts
This ongoing class series has 8 sessions.
A Precepts Ceremony is periodically offered to students who attend all sessions and intend to become a Buddhist.
Additional Lay Minister Class Topics
Lay Ministers specialize in a specific Dharma topic while they are in training and offer a Dharma class on this topic throughout the year.
Following is a list of topics Lay Ministers teach throughout the year:
- The Law of Karma
- The Four Immeasurables
- The 9 Contemplations of Atisha
- Prana Paramita Hyridaya Sutra
- Dakini Wisdom
- Sewing Meditation
- Dependant Origination
The Center for End of Life Transitions (CEOLT) Workshops
The Center for End of Life Transitions is a program of Anattasati Magga that offers end of life educational opportunities through workshops and retreats. By settling the matters of your world and making decisions (cremation, burial, life support, organ donation, etc.) ahead of time, you create an opportunity to enter your end of life, the moment of death and what may follow, with greater awareness and freedom.
CEOLT offers workshops in:
- End of Life Advocacy
- End of Life Initiatives
- Home Funeral Guidance