Dharma Study Group

Dharma Study Group

The Princeton Insight Meditation Dharma Study Group meets on Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00pm at Fellowship in Prayer in Princeton (219 Witherspoon Street).

This page will always have links to the texts for the upcoming sessions, along with other materials and announcements for the course.

If you have questions about the group, please email us at study@PrincetonInsightMeditation.org

Here is the link to this week’s course materials.

Samadhi (ending September 22nd)

We just concluded the Samadhi part of Andrew Olendzki’s Integrated Dharma Program. Here are Olendzki’s concluding thoughts about the Samadhi section of the course.

We will continue to meet on September 29th and October 6th to meditate together and discuss our experience of the teachings.

Pañña (Wisdom) (starting October 13th)

On October 13th, we begin working through a 32-week program of study, meditation, and practice that focuses on Pañña, or wisdom. As in the Samadhi course, we will read and discuss texts from the Pali canon, the words of the historical Buddha himself, translated to easy to understand language and made relevant to the way we live in the world today.The course covers the core Buddhist topics of impermanence, non-self and interdependent (or dependent) origination. This study will be combined with meditation and exercises for further practice between meetings. The study group will follow the teaching method and materials of the “Deepening Wisdom” course of Andrew Oldendzki’s Integrated Dharma Program.

Here is Olendzki’s introduction to the course:

Learning how to meditate—and how to distinguish between your helpful and unhelpful habits—is a valuable, life-altering process. But in classical Buddhist study, these practices are the precursors to the most important aspect of the path: the development of wisdom. When wisdom is present and strong, a durable sense of well-being can flourish.

“Deepening Wisdom” takes a close look at the cornerstone topics of Buddhism such as impermanence, non-self, and interdependent origination, beginning the process of the development of wisdom in your own life. By studying the traditional texts and applying what you learn, you cannot help but be changed. This is a great opportunity to study primary sources with the guidance of a knowledgeable and contemporary Buddhist scholar, who will translate and explain the early scriptures in a way relevant to contemporary times.