Classes on Mind Oasis are designed to amplify and align your life through deeper studies to support your meditative and spiritual life.

Most sessions are offered in a multi-week series format to encourage a routine that supports your meditation practice. We offer one-off workshops as well.

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A Special Holiday Community Chat with Sister Boi Nghiem and Sister An Nghiem of Magnolia Grove Monastery!
Monday
23 November
6:00pm CT (60 minutes)

Sister Boi Nghiem (Sister True Pearl) and Sister An Nghiem (Sister True Grace) join us for the November Community Chat to discuss Giving Thanks, Thankfulness, and Gratitude. The Sisters are nuns at Magnolia Grove Monastery, a residential monastery, and Magnolia Village, a Mindfulness Practice Meditation Center. Magnolia Grove Monastery & Magnolia Village follow the tradition of Plum Village, founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who was nominated for a Noble Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King.

This special Holiday Chat is free for anyone who wishes to join! Simply register below.

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The Good Road – a Year-Long Study with Karuna
Thursdays
January – December 2021
8:00am CT (60 minutes with optional 15 minute discussion group at end)

The Source of All My Good (“The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment”) is a 14-verse instructional on how to find happiness and freedom. In short, it is 14 verses on how to live a good life from birth to death. The Lam Rim Chen Mo, authored by the great Lama Je Tsongkapa (1357-1419), is regarded as the father of the Geluk lineage – that of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Lam means Path and Rim means steps/stages. The Lam Rim Chen Mo is a complete instructional on how to live a good spiritual life from A to Z. Originally written in a three-volume teaching, this distilled version is said to perfectly contain every instruction necessary to live a wholehearted and worthwhile life. As we turn toward 2021, what could be a better undertaking?

In this year-long study, we will explore the many elements of a spiritual path in great detail. We shall discover how these many concepts from a Tibetan Buddhist perspective based on this important and beautiful work are applicable in every moment and decision in our life. Though based on the teachings of the Buddha, we will explore how to apply this wisdom to our everyday life from many perspectives – regardless of faith, philosophy, or religion. In other words, we will bring this gorgeous poem to life, finding applicability in each moment and circumstance in our daily life.

This is the second time Karuna has taught this precious text on Mind Oasis. Joining her on this good road will plant many good seeds in your heart for living an enlightened life (whatever that might mean to you).

You are invited to join us for the whole year; however, each segment can be studied “stand alone” and therefore you can join us for a particular module if you prefer.

You can expect Dharma talks, meditation practices, a fun, thoughtful, and somewhat zany community, and a stellar poetry selection.

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Bondage, Freedom, and Interconnection: The Twelve Links of Dependent Arising
with Lauren Benjamin

Sundays
8 November – 20 December 2020
6:30pm CT (two hours)
No meeting on 29 November (Thanksgiving)

Among the most profound and useful teachings of Buddhism is the so-called “Twelve Links of Dependent Arising,” an analysis of the circular nature of the actions that keep us perpetually suffering. We will explore this topic through a verse by verse examination of the relevant chapter from the great Indian philosopher Nagarjuna’s master text. It will highlight the ways we repeatedly re-create the causes of our own suffering and how we can break out of this “wheel” and attain total freedom.

Topics include: “identifying with the Causes of Suffering,” “The Nature of Interdependence,” “How Craving and Grasping Arise,” and “Breaking the Chain.”

Benefits of the Course:

  • Discover how “dependent arising” works in our own lives to keep us suffering
  • Learn about how the causal process of rebirth works (over lifetimes, but also moment by moment)
  • Gain a deep understanding of what is meant by “interdependence” and how to live a more connected life
  • Identify the “weak links” in the “chain” and how to break them
  • Analyze the five principal “mental afflictions” and acquire practical strategies for combatting them

Based on Chapter 26 of Nagarjuna’s Root Verses on the Middle Way (Mulamadhyamaka Karika) and Lama Marut’s original verse-by-verse written commentary, with an addendum from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra on the five principal mental afflictions.

If you miss a session – they’re recorded and available within 48 hours. 

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Brought to You by Senior Students of Lama Marut: CLASSICAL TEXTS AND AUTHENTIC PRACTICES OF EASTERN SPIRITUALITY
Various Teachers including Lauren Benjamin, Dima Yepishin, Brian Reid, and Denise Deniger
Sundays, starting January 2020
12 Courses – Six-Weeks each
2 Hour Sessions, 6:30pm CT
All sessions are recorded if you miss a class or wish to revisit concepts and/or meditations.

To honor their Teacher’s commitment to help us all become better for others, The Classical Texts and Authentic Practices curriculum will now be taught by senior students of Lama Marut. The CLASSICAL TEXTS AND AUTHENTIC PRACTICES OF EASTERN SPIRITUALITY curriculum offers a progressively unfolding, comprehensive course of study in the wisdom and practical application of Eastern spirituality as it pertains to modern life. Based on Lama Marut’s original translations and relevant, applicable interpretations of the Sanskrit classics of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Yogic traditions, these courses cover a wide range of teachings and practices from an inclusive, comparative, and non-sectarian point of view. They are designed to provide an in-depth, systematic, and coherent foundation and overall framework for any serious spiritual practitioner — from beginners to experienced teachers, regardless of one’s religious affiliation or the lack thereof.

Each course consists of six weekly two-hour interactive online classes, including lecture, discussion, and guided meditation portions. Each class also includes an easily applicable and effective practice designed to integrate the teachings into daily life. There will be alloted time to discuss, interact, and share your thoughts, reactions, and experiences of the material covered.

The curriculum as a whole is comprised of twelve courses to be taught over two years. When taken together, these stand-alone courses constitute an extensive course of study in the classical scriptures and principal practices of Eastern spirituality. Participants are, however, welcome to register for any one, several, or all of these interrelated yet self-contained course offerings.

Brought to you in partnership with Inner Way LA and Mind Oasis.

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