Track 1 – Taste of Buddhism

Bhavana Learning Group offers community learning

in the study and practice of Buddhist psychology.

TRACK 1: Taste of Buddhism • 4-month program

Have you ever wondered how Buddhist concepts and practices might offer support?

In addition to helping us cope with difficulties in daily life, Buddhist wisdom and practices can help us understand the reality of life.

At its core, Buddhism provides a comprehensive framework for understanding the nature of existence, the complexities of the human mind, and the paths toward inner peace and self-discovery. Even the confusion of negative impulses are revealed for what they are in the bright mirror of Buddhist teachings.

These principles and practices equip individuals with vital tools to navigate life’s challenges, cultivate mindfulness, and foster a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them.

WHAT: This introductory course will review basic concepts to understand Buddhist Practices, Philosophy, and Psychology to explore ways to develop a practice in our lives.

WHO: Beginners to Buddhist psychology, current meditation practitioners, or anyone looking to develop “post-meditation practices.”

PREREQUISITES: No previous studies or experience is necessary for this course except to enter with a “beginner’s mind.” This course offers access to advanced teachings.

OUTCOME: YOU WILL LEARN

Students will learn basic Buddhist teachings and practices to apply to daily living. This course and practice enable learners to take advanced teachings.

Students can move into Track 2 once they complete this Track. Select Option B in Registration below. Email programs@bhavanalg.com for any questions.

Track 1 Tuition $300 can vary based on needs and payment modes.

Click to view All Programs Schedule- Including Track 1

  • Registration is now OPEN.

  • DEADLINE: DEC. 19, 2023 / EXTENDED TO JAN 5, 2024

Book and Author

BOOK

Buddhism Plain and Simple: The Practice of Being Aware Right Now, Every Day

This classic book presents the core teachings of Buddhism in accessible language.

AUTHOR

Steve Hagen is a Zen priest and long-time teacher of Buddhism. For fifteen years he studied with Zen Master Dainin Katagiri. He lives in Minneapolis and teaches at Dharma Field Meditation and Learning Center in St. Paul.

Supporting our Wisdom Community

Study Wisdom from Buddhist Psychology.

Faculty Bios

TONY ZAMPELLA

Tony is a wisdom coach, teacher, and mentor. He blends Buddhist psychology with Western learning methods to deepen presence and cultivate contemplative practices.

In addition to Tony’s conventional bio, click the link below for an extended bio of his Buddhist studies and practices.

PREREQUISITES 


PREREQUISITES: No previous studies or experience is necessary for this course except to enter with a “beginner’s mind.”

Students can move into Track 2 once they complete this Track. Select Option B in Registration below.

Email programs@bhavanalg.com for any questions.

RESOURCES

Register Below or Return to Main Programs Page

PAYMENT INFO

Below, find two payment options:
A- Track 1 Standard path
B- Track 1 + Mindfulness Course path
.

Please review these two options closely. Once learners complete the standard Track 1 (4 months), they can advance into Track 2, which will begin at month 5 with a course on Mindfulness (see schedule below).

If you wish to register for Track 1 and advance into the Mindfulness course, please select option B below.

Our fees are based on your needs, interests, and commitments.

  • Base Tuition: Those interested in learning in community.

  • Sustainer level: For those subsidizing others’ learning.

  • Benefactor level: For those supporting our sangha’s efforts and others’ learning.

  • Scholarship rate: For anyone with needs, please select this level and complete the subsequent questions.

Fee levels for CASH OPTION (We accept Zelle, checks, or ACH for cash):

  1. Benefactor Level: $500 (to subsidize and support Sangha activities).

  2. Sustainer Level: $400 (to subsidize others).

  3. Base Tuition: $300*

  4. Scholarship Tuition: $200*

*ONLINE OPTION incurs a $15 transaction fee. 

Please select your preferred method on the registration form below.

Fee levels for CASH OPTION (We accept Zelle, checks, or ACH for cash):

  1. Benefactor Level: $1000 (to subsidize and support Sangha activities).

  2. Sustainer Level: $750 (to subsidize others).

  3. Base Tuition: $550*

  4. Scholarship Tuition: $350*

*ONLINE OPTION incurs a $25 transaction fee. 

Please select your preferred method on the registration form below.

REGISTRATION

Registration Deadline – Dec. 19, 2023 / Extended to JAN 5, 2024

If you receive any errors submitting registration form, please immediately contact Neil Ruiz at neil@bhavanalg.com for support.

ALL PROGRAMS SCHEDULE

ALL PROGRAMS SCHEDULE

We prepared this schedule to illustrate how our programs unfold over the year. For learners taking multiple tracks, we’ve designed the learning to allow them to attend more than one track.

Please note the start and end dates for each course and breaks for each track. Also, note the books of each course, which are listed on each program’s information page.