* * * Four Foundations Intensive * * *

Direct Aim of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness


Note: To apply to the Wednesday or Thursday groups, see the very bottom of this web page.

Wednesday Night Group (currently a waitlist)
Program Dates: Saturdays Sept 10th to Dec 3rd, 2022
Day Retreats Saturdays from 9:50am-5:30pm on Sept 10th, Oct 8th, Nov 5th, and Dec 3rd
Wednesday Zoom Classes: 6:30pm-8:30pm online

Thursday Afternoon Group (currently a waitlist)
Program Dates: Sundays Sept 11th to Dec 4th, 2022
Day Retreats: Sundays from 9:50am-5:30pm on Sept 11th, Oct 9th, Nov 6th, and Dec 4th
Thursday Zoom Classes: 4:30pm-6:30pm online

Description: A small group of 16-20 experienced students will meet once per week during a 12-week program. We will follow the Buddha's teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness with an emphasis on body based samadhi and insight practices on vedana and the 6 sense doors.

Together we create a courageous practice period in the middle of our daily routines. With the support of the group and teacher, we explore the open, grounded and wise heart in the constant flow of pleasure, pain and all the neutral tones of experience between the two.

This Program consists of four daylong retreats, weekly classes, and up to four private meetings with the teacher during the program. All times listed are for the pacific time zone.
Cost: $950-$750 sliding scale. Donation based, work exchange and scholarships offered for those with lower incomes.
Prerequisites: At least three silent week-long mindfulness, insight or loving-kindness retreats within the last five years.

For more information please contact our registrar email: tempeldpp [at] gmail.com


Tempel Smith began practicing intensive Insight and Metta retreats in 1989 under the guidance of Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and Michele McDonald. He spent a year as a monk in Myanmar with Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa Auk Sayadaw, and has been teaching since 1997. He is the founder of BASE House, a collective of Buddhist activists and service providers. Tempel is on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock, and leads the SRMC Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP).


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