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Buddhist Studies

Summer 2024:
How the Mind Works

Taught by Genpo Michael O'Neal, with Joen O'Neal

To me, mindfulness is our first real chance for freedom, for free will. In a state of dispersion, our mind is not together with our body. Our body may be here, but our mind is in the past, in the future, caught up in our anger, in our anxiety, in our projects. Mind and body are not together. So with mindful breathing we bring mind back to body. In English, we call it pulling oneself together. Pulling oneself together means that you become your better self. You recover some sovereignty of yourself.

—Thich Nhat Hanh
 Buddha Mind, Buddha Body

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In This Class...

We will explore the nature of consciousness and of mind states, using Thich Nhat Hanh’s presentation of classic Buddhist psychology as our guide. Topics will include perception and reality, habit energy, free will, and the cultivation of happiness. It will also include a study of the 51 mental formations, as developed in Yogacara Buddhism.

Classes include

Zazen (sitting practice), presentations by the instructor, discussion

Course Text

Buddha Mind, Buddha Body, by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Classes are led by

Genpo Michael O'Neal


Joen O'Neal will assist with teaching.

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Registration Information

Wednesdays, Jun 12–Jul 31 (eight sessions) (#B110)

7:00-9:00 P.M.

$185 (members $165) (includes course materials) 

This course will be held in-person at the Center, with an option for remote participation via Zoom if requested.

Member rates apply to members of all local Buddhist centers. Reduced fees are offered as needed; please contact the Center at (612) 781-7640.

You may register online using one of the buttons below—select the option for  your preferred payment method (online or check). Early registration is encouraged.

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