The CSS Foundations Studies Course is offered once every year, and runs from the beginning of October to the first week of July. Foundation Studies is a prerequisite for attending the regular practitioners groups.

The course is an introduction to, and cultivation of the fundamental teachings and practices of the major mystical traditions, including practices of meditation and precepts. 

The 2018-2019 Foundation Studies class is taught by Hiromi and Matt Sieradski. Veteran practitioners are welcome to enroll in the class.

For actual meeting dates, times, and locations, please see the CSS calendar. If you are going to be absent from the meetings, please let the teacher know in advance.

The text for the course is Joel's book, The Way of Selflessness. The course curriculum also includes other supporting readings, as well as monthly videos, shown on the first Sunday of each month as part of the CSS public program.

Our first meeting will be a Community Night on Wednesday September 26th from 7-8:30, hosted by Joel in conjunction with the other teachers and open to attendance by the entire CSS community of practitioners.  The first actual Foundation Studies class will be held the following week. 

Course introduction and overview from the teachers:
Welcome to Foundations studies course with Hiromi and Matt. This class will be held at the CSS meeting hall on Tuesday evenings, starting Tuesday October 2nd. Class begins at 7 pm and will end between 8:30 to 8:45 pm. 

We are going to take journey of self discovery together! This class is going to emphasize direct experience-based learning. Less time discussing about philosophy. More time experimenting and witnessing what is in front of us and what is arising within us. We will create safe environment together to be present as who you really are — not the one we think we should be. You are all invited to be vulnerable and feel your own and others' tender heart. We are going to practice being transparent. We are going to become intimate with ourselves. 

We will use Joel's book The Way of Selflessness as our primary text for this course. All students should read chapters 1 - 7 prior to the first day of the class, Tuesday, October 2nd. In addition, please read concentration practice on chapter 11 and start to practice meditation daily. 

We will use our Ten Selfless Precepts as part of guiding principles. Please read chapter 18 on keeping precepts. Start using each precept to notice what arises in your life. Notice what type of thoughts, feelings and sensations arise within you from practicing precepts. Please recite this precept daily. We will discuss how to use precepts in our daily practice throughout the year. 

In this course, we will cover neuroscience-based simple exercises to increase our capacity to be with challenges we face in our lives. This practice will gradually change our reaction from threat to challenge. 

We are going to create a direct experience based learning environment by having a simple exercises most classes to sense into our true nature. 

In addition, we will utilize council circle to increase our ability to listen and speak our truth throughout the year. 

Lastly, we will introduce some poems and music to enhance our study. 

We are honored to take this journey with all of you! See you all soon!

Gassho,
Hiromi and Matt Sieradski

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