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    May 16, 2017 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Introduction to Right Concentration


    This is an introductory class for those who are curious to know more about Buddha’s core teachings, where they come from and what else is there other than Mindfulness to enhance one’s practice and sense of satisfaction.

    Genuine happiness is possible, and you can reach it through your own efforts. You don’t have to content yourself only with pleasures that will eventually leave you. You don’t have to resign yourself to the idea that temporary happiness is the best life has to offer. And you don’t have to pin your hopes for happiness on any person or power outside yourself. You can train the mind to access a totally reliable happiness, a happiness that causes no harm to you or to anyone else.”

    Mindfulness is the seventh step in the Eightfold Path.

    Course Content

    • What is the Eightfold Noble Path?
    • How do I practice this in my daily life?
    • How do I make a difference in the world?
    • The inner nuances of each step on the path.
    • Various views and interpretations of the step. 
    • Practice, light reading and discussion.

    Starting January of 2018 (IBCT) Introduction to Buddha’s Core Teachings will be covered in two Courses:

    • IBCT I: Four Noble Truths (six sessions)
      • 1. There is suffering, 2. There is a cause for suffering, 3. There is a way to end the cause of suffering. 4. The Eight-Fold Path is the way.
    • IBCT II: Noble Eight-Fold Path (six sessions) – This course lays the foundation for understanding the Eightfold Path and how to utilize it towards one’s well-being and success.
      • 1. Right View, 2. Right Intention, 3. Right Speech, 4. Right Effort, 5. Right Action, 6. Right Livelihood, 7. Right Mindfulness and 8. Right Concentration.
      • When one learns how to be Mindful, it is vital to also learn skills in other areas of life, such as Right View (how to see things clearly) Right Intention (how to refine one’s intentions), Right Speech (how to speak wisely) and so on.

    Daniel Davis – Currently Daniel works with UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and is a Buddhist Chaplain at USC. He is Affiliated with Abhayagiri Monastery and under the guidance of Luang Por Passano. He is also the Co-founder and a teacher at Perfectly Here, a nonprofit mindfulness training organization. In addition, Daniel was also an active member of InsightLA where he helped build the organization by teaching and serving on its Executive Council. He has formally practiced Theravada and Zen meditation since 1986.

    Class Structure
    This class will meet weekly for 1 hour and 50 minutes per session for six sessions.

    What to Bring
    All you need is comfortable clothing. Chairs and cushions are provided.

    Class Capacity

    Time and Date
    This class takes place on:

    • Tuesday, Nov. 7 to Dec. 19 (no meeting Nov. 21), from 12:00pm to 2:00 pm

    We offer special pricing for seniors (+65) and students.  new series will start First of the year and we will be offering a special package deal. When you buy the entire series. Plus you will receive a gift from us to attend 2 retreats per year as our guest.

    Please pick the appropriate amount from the options below:

    Location and Parking Instructions
    This class will take place in Tarzana at: 19100 Ventura Blvd #5, Los Angeles, CA 91356. Parking is free and there no time limits in the front after 6:00pm. There are also plenty of free parking in the lot behind Tarzana Cultural Center. When you arrive at the shopping center go to the second floor and go all the way to the East side of the building. Go into the hallway and we will be the last door on the right.

    Refund, Make-up and Cancellation Policy
    Class Refunds must be requested before 5pm on Friday of the first week of class. There will be a $25 administrative fee. After the first Friday we cannot give refunds. Refunds should be requested by emailing: register@perfectlyhere.org.

    Perfectly Here reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. Registrants will be notified in advance of the class.No refunds or credits are given to registrant “no-shows”.

    If you miss a class, you may make it up during a current series or the series immediately following. No refund or prorate will be issued for missed classes. Students may Postpone a class. In this case, credit towards a future class will be provided if a registrant notifies us by phone or email in advance of 5pm on Friday of the first week of the class series. Future class must be made up on the class immediately following the missed class series. (For example: if postponing a May/June class series you will have to use your credit and enroll in the July/August class series)