Dharma Study Group

The Princeton Insight Meditation Dharma Study Group meets on Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00pm via Zoom. Email us at info@princetoninsightmeditation.org for meeting details.

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.

New course starting January 9th: Deepening Wisdom (Pañña)

Princeton Insight Meditation is pleased to announce that after the successful completion of the Samadhi course, we will be continuing with a 32-week program of study, meditation, and practice that focuses on Pañña, “Deepening Wisdom,” starting Sunday, January 9th. 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 such core Buddhist topics as 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 Olendzki’s Integrated Dharma Program.

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.

This course 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.

Here is Andrew Olendzki’s introduction to the course.

Princeton Insight Meditation is offering this course free of charge and will provide access to all necessary text materials. It is suitable for all levels of meditators including beginners.

Those who are able to commit to the full 32-week program of study and practice will benefit the most from the course. However, drop-ins are welcome.

Samadhi

We completed the Samadhi course on December 12th. Here is Andrew Olendzki’s summary of the last two sections of the course.