The Seven Factors of Awakening
Mindfulness Investigation Energy Joy Tranquility Concentration Equanimity
with Eugene Cash
Seven Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
May 9, 16, 23, 30 June 13, 20, 27
First Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin (between Geary and O’Farrell)
When the stories of our life no longer bind us, we discover within them something greater. Our individual life is an expression of the whole mystery, and in it we can rest in the center of the movement, the center of all worlds.
Contemplating the Factors of Awaking reveals the potential of our unrecognized capacities and allows us to discover the extraordinary potential to Awaken.
In our class we will study and contemplate:
- Mindfulness – A subset of Awareness that reveals what is True
- Investigation – The proactive Discovery of Who and What we are
- Energy – The Recognition of our Fundamental Aliveness
- Joy – The Delight that comes with Curiosity and Interest
- Tranquility – The Calm and Relaxation we can let go into
- Concentration – The Ability to become fully Absorbed in our experience
- Equanimity – The state of Balance and Unflappability
We will discover how these Factors function in everyday life and how they mature and blossom in the meditative process. We’ll explore the conventional understanding of each Factor, discover what the Buddha taught about their potential, and examine them in our personal experience. We’ll also explore which Factors may be underdeveloped, learning ways to nourish and balance them.
Each class will include meditation instruction, a dharma talk and interactive inquiry
The sliding scale registration fee is $80 to $200. Please pay the highest level that you can afford. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but it is also possible to register at the first class, space permitting.
TEACHER DANA: The teacher is supported solely by your donations for his time and teachings (he does not receive any potion of the registration fee). Suggested donations are $70 to $210 for the seven-week series (or $10 to $30 per class). This amount can be offered to the teacher by cash or check (payable to SF Insight) at the first class or at each individual class.
FOR INFORMATION: Call 415-994-5951, or visit SFInsight.org.
Eugene Cash is the founding teacher of San Francisco Insight. He teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and leads intensive meditation retreats internationally. His teaching is influenced by both Burmese and Thai streams of the Theravada tradition as well as Zen and Tibetan Buddhist practice. He is also a teacher of the Diamond Approach, a school of spiritual investigation and self-realization developed by A. H. Almaas.
Since we want our classes to be accessible to as many sangha members as possible, we offer our classes on a sliding scale registration fee basis. For those unable to afford the low end of the sliding scale, some limited income & scholarship slots are available (please call 415-994-5951 prior to the first class if the registration fee is an obstacle to your participation).
* Please consider the highest level that you can donate in order to support those who have fewer resources. * We ask for your commitment to the full class series. Series classes build on one another; your commitment supports coherence of the teachings and allows the participants to mature as a group.