This course will undertake an in-depth study of mindfulness meditation based on a comparative study of the three extant versions of the Satipaṭṭhāna-sutta, where besides the well-known version in the Pali Canon, two parallels have been preserved in Chinese. This course is meant for experienced practitioners of meditation only who wish to deepen their understanding of the canonical source material. While based on the academic method of research, the emphasis throughout the course will be on what is of practical relevance to actual meditation practice. The course will combine study and discussion sessions in the mornings with meditation practice during the rest of the day. Required reading in preparation for the course: Anālayo, Perspectives on Satipaṭṭhāna, Windhorse Publications (2013). Also recommended: Anālayo, Satipaṭṭhāna: the Direct Path to Realization, Windhorse Publications (2003).
Enrollment in this course will be by lottery. The lottery will close on November 1, and lottery participants will be notified of the results by email on November 10th.