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Buddhist Studies

Winter 2022: The Practice of Generosity: Delight of an Open Heart

No spiritual life is possible without a generous heart.


—The Buddha

Taught by Joen O’Neal

In this eight-week course we will study generosity, supporting each other in the basic practice of letting go and opening to others, to ourselves, and to the situation of our lives. 

The impact of this practice can be profound. As we cultivate generosity, our heart become less stuck as we open and loosen some of the shields we have erected around it. A sense of spaciousness comes into our life. As Pema Chodron says, “When you start to give of yourself, the way begins to unfold.”

A dimension of generosity is to give ourselves to the present moment with full devotion. When we do this, the present moment responds, bringing the gift of vitality and transformation.

This course will include sitting and walking meditation, talks by the teacher, small group discussion, and home practice. It will include readings by ancient and contemporary Buddhist teachers, and is open to anyone who has some experience with mindfulness, Zen, or other Buddhist meditation.

Registration Information

Wednesdays, Jan. 19–Mar. 9 (eight sessions) (#B100)

7:00-9:00 P.M.

$170 (members $150) (includes course materials)

This course will be offered on Zoom, with an option for participants to return in-person when health conditions permit.

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

Enrollment for classes is limited, and early registration is encouraged.


You may register on our donations page by making a payment ($170 non-members; $150 members) under Program Fees: Buddhist Studies . Or contact us to request a mail-in registration form.


Future Buddhist Studies Course Dates

Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 P.M.
Mar. 30–May 18, 2022 (#B101)
June 8–July 27, 2022 (#B102)
Sept. 21–Nov. 9, 2022 (#B103)

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