White Heron Sangha

Class Offerings from White Heron Sangha

We periodically offer classes that cover various aspects of Buddhism and practice. Our current repertoire is listed below. In most cases it will be necessary to contact the teacher to find when the next series is likely to be offered. To see the listing of currently scheduled classes, see our events calendar.

Core Buddhism
 a 5 week series

 Rosemary Donnell

“The Core of the Buddha’s Path and Its Relation to Meditation” is the full name of this series, which focuses on the most basic of the Buddha’s teachings: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, with a particular focus on mindfulness meditation.

Classes are usually held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:15pm (with a 15 minute break).  This series is suitable for both beginners and those with experience.  The class is taught by and meets in the home of Rosemary Donnell, and is limited to 10 participants. In the future some series may be scheduled to meet at the White Heron Sangha Meditation Center. Those would be limited to 15. 

Since it is in a private home, it is not advertised publicly -- Rosemary maintains her own “want class” e-mail list.  To be put on that list, contact Rosemary at: rtdonnell@sbcglobal.net.  Being added to the list is not the same as registering for the class.  It means that, until you ask to be removed from the list, you will be notified of each five-week class and how to register. The series is usually held two to three times per year and the notifications are sent out four to six weeks before the class starts.

Rosemary is a founding member of the White Heron Sangha; a graduate of Spirit Rock’s first Community Dharma Leader Program (06/1997 to 01/2000).  She has taught a form of this class since October, 1997.

Mindfulness Practice for Everyone
 a 6 week series

Mick Malotte

These classes meet for an hour and half, once a week, for six weeks, and the series is offered several times a year.  It introduces various meditation practices and also mindfulness strategies to be used in daily life.  It is intended for those from many different walks of life.  The material is presented using mainstream language, in a manner that is compatible with many belief systems.  The aim is to integrate mindfulness into all aspects of our lives. 

Through talks, videos, guided meditations and discussion the class helps participants live with more joy, contentment and composure, while fully facing the inevitable ups and downs of modern life.  The course is appropriate for those new to mindfulness and also those with experience who wish to reinvigorate their practice. 

Mick has been studying and practicing mindfulness meditation for 20 years.  He is a physician and a graduate of Spirit Rock’s CDL teacher training program.  He leads a weekly Mindfulness for Everyone sitting group. If you have questions about this class, email him at mjmalotte@gmail.com

The Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma: An Introduction to Buddhism
a six week series

James Coleman

Buddhism has been a living tradition for more than two thousand years, and this class will examine each of the three great “turnings of the wheel of Dharma” from a contemporary 21st century perspective.  We will use short excerpts from the great sutras, three core chapters from my book The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: Freedom, Emptiness, and Awakened Nature, and group discussions of our own personal experience to explore the theory and practice of Buddhism, and how we can bring them into our hectic modern lives. This class is suitable both for beginners and more advanced practitioners.  The class will meet once a week for six weeks, and will be held two or three times a year depending on demand.  For more information contact James at: jwcoleman1008@gmail.com or visit his website thebuddhasdream.net.

James has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and specializes in the sociology of religion.  He has published numerous books and articles including The New Buddhism (Oxford University Press) and most recently The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation: Freedom, Emptiness, and Awakened Nature (Wisdom Publications).  He is a founding member of the White Heron Sangha and a graduate of the Sukhasiddhi Foundation’s Community Dharma Leader program.   His root teachers include Toni Packer, Reb Anderson Roshi, Lama Palden Drolma and Rose Taylor Goldfield.

Approaching Death Through the Dharma
 a six week series

Susan Quinones

By exploring how we think of death—our beliefs about and our fears of dying—we can start to shift our relationship with it. What would it be like to approach death and dying using the dharma? Can we bring the same qualities to dying that we bring to our meditation? In this class we will explore this and related topics, sharing one of the most important and intimate parts of life. This class is appropriate for people who have a strong meditation practice and a basic understanding of the dharma.

The class is offered throughout the year and notifications of dates are sent out 4-6 weeks before the class starts. It is usually held on Monday nights from 6-7:30pm at Crow’s End Retreat Center in San Luis Obispo.  Although the 6 week series is offered freely for the community, dana is appreciated to support the teacher, White Heron Sangha Meditation Center and Crow's End Retreat Center. Class size will be limited to 12 people. 

Please check back for dates of the next class series.

For more  information or to sign up please email Susan Quinones at susanqrn@gmail.com or call 805-441-1242.

Susan is a member of White Heron Sangha and a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. She has been practicing and studying the dharma for the last 13 years formally, informally and through her work at Wilshire Hospice.  

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