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The Buddhist Eightfold Path: A Trail Guide to Freedom of Heart and Mind

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Mindfulness is a magnificent doorway into our minds, but then what? How do we direct the insights and awareness we glean in our practice toward deeper understanding and positive change? 

Class Dates: Thursdays: January 7, 14, 21, 28 , February 4, and 11 

Class Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm EST 

Mindfulness has its roots in the historical teachings of the Buddha, which have as their objective nothing less than liberation from the stress and sorrow that are inescapable in our human lives. In his first teaching over 2,500 years ago, the Buddha offered a clear and practical means to navigate that suffering: the Eightfold Path to awakening which is as relevant today as it was then. 

This study and practice program offers an overview of the Eightfold Path from both a classical Buddhist and a modern-day psychological point of view. Over the course of our six weeks together, you’ll learn how to: 

Recognize the patterns of mind and heart that lead to suffering and dissatisfaction 

Let go of harmful mental and emotional states 

Integrate the Buddha’s path into your daily life — as a moral and ethical framework and as a guide to insight, wisdom, and freedom 

Each session will include lecture, meditation, sharing, and Q&A, and practical exercises for applying the teachings in daily life. 

Completion of the course, Buddhism 101: Happiness Is an Inside Job is a helpful prerequisite but not required. 

Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • Amanda Noella Daddona   April 29, 2020

      Living Fully with Fear

    The Living Fully with Fear course with Amanda Votto was an incredible experience. I was able to connect with my emotions, dig deep and find what was underneath those emotions, and find comfort within myself and from the shared experiences of the others in the class. I found the practices to be extremely helpful and at times challenging (in a good way). And overall, Amanda did a great job of putting everything into context and explaining how we can relate to fear and tap into a more compassionate part of ourselves. I do wish it had been longer than four weeks. It was a lot of material to cover, and there was a lot to explore and work through. Perhaps Copper Beech might consider extending these online courses to be six or eight week experiences. Even so, I am truly grateful for the opportunity and for all that I gained from this class. Thank you to Amanda and to Copper Beech!

  • Charles Longo   November 12, 2018

      Harvest Dinner Dueling Pianos.

    As always Holy Family/ Copper Beach ALWAYS exceeds my expectations. Do yourself a favor, ATTEND a RETREAT, you will be hooked.

  • Kevin Ryan   November 12, 2018

      Harvest Celebration 2018

    As always, a delightful evening!. Thoughts: 1. May want to publish an agenda in future. Not wise to be fashionably late. Reports were that the event was in full swing at 6:30 PM and 6:45 arrival felt like we were catching up. 2. Would be wise to provide the wifi information so everyone could connect for the text fundraiser. Verizon worked but several people near me said that they could not connect using ATT. The wifi would allow everyone to connect See you next year!!

  • Marilyn Vatteroni   November 11, 2018

      A Great Night Out

    I had a wonderful experience on Saturday night. The food was great, the company wonderful & the dueling pianos fabulous.

  • Louise Cornetta   September 17, 2018

      A Magical Place

    The Copper Beech Institute offers a wide variety of courses, meditations, workshops and is housed on a beautiful peace of property. I enjoy the Wednesday Candlelight Meditation as a group or 30-40 of us meet to share this mindful experience and are led by the incredible Miranda who always gives a talk that seems to hit home. This place is filled with such love and kindness. Go check it out!

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