Peter is recruiting members for an eight-week intensive study group, to begin in January of 2016 as soon as there are six committed participants. At this point, there are 4 committed participants.
The format of the meetings is like a seminar. Peter will interview each person in turn during the meeting, then invite other participants to comment also. The topics covered will continue to review and apply the lojong mind training aphorisms and commitments that have been explored during the Wednesday night sangha meetings.
The study group will meet Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00. Each participant will commit to meditating at least 45 minutes a sitting every day during the course. There will be no meditation during the meetings.
Meetings will take place in Peter’s office in the house in front of the meditation cottage in Winter Park. The fee for the 8 weeks is $160, payable to Peter. For more information or to commit to the group, contact Peter via email.
There will be another Four Foundations Of Mindfulness course offered at the Women’s Club of Winter Park, on four Monday nights from 7 to 9, from November 23 to December 14. This course will be the last intro course offered until March of 2016. The course reviews the Satipatthana Sutta, one of the key discourses of Buddhism. The teacher, Peter Carlson, has been teaching this course periodically for over 20 years, and approaches this practice as a profoundly spiritual psychology (or a profoundly psychological spirituality?). The topic of mindfulness is currently being very thoroughly investigated scientifically, and applied to relieving distress associated with workplace stress, recovery from addiction, as well as general anxiety and mood disorders.
Each evening’s meetings will include a training meditation focused on mindfulness of breathing, a practice fundamental to all the Buddhist traditions and applicable to all faith traditions. The course fee is $50, payable to the Orlando Insight Meditation Group, a non-profit corporation, and pays for the rental of the facility as well as subsidizing the cost of retreats for those who want to experience the benefits of intensive mindfulness training.
Here is the flyer for the course: FOUR FOUNDATIONS course flyer
Peter is recruiting an intensive study group, which will meet 8 times, from 7:30-9 PM Tuesdays. The format of the group will be applying aphorisms from the Tibetan lojong mind training discipline, which is currently being explored during Wednesday night meetings. In the intensive group, participants will commit to 45 minutes per day of meditation, either mindfulness of breathing or lovingkindness, to support the application of an aphorism. Each participant will choose one of the aphorisms for daily integration into normal life routines, in order to cultivate the ability to gain maximum benefit from the practice. During the weekly meetings, the practice experience of the prior week will be discussed with Peter, and other participants will have the opportunity to participate as well, much like a seminar.
This formatted study group has been found to be very useful for participants over the years it has been offered. The first meeting will be announced when there are 6 committed members; there are now 4. Contact Peter at 407 339-5444 for more information about the group.
Here are the notes accompanying the just posted .mp3 recording “Lojong Introduction July 15 2015”: TRAINING THE HEARTMIND
Here are the notes prepared for the just-posted recording of the talk from July 1:BUDDHISM AND RELATIONSHIP NOTES