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The facilitated study group utilizes the text "Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening" by Joseph Goldstein.

The book has recently been issued in paperback and Sounds True has released a set of in depth interviews with Joseph, focused on the material in his book.

The class starts Tuesday evening 1/12/2016, for approximately 46 weeks.  Starting October 4, we will be meeting at The First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St, San Diego.

Insight San Diego is pleased to announce a new year of study and practice of Joseph Goldstein’s guide to the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Each week we will listen to a recorded talk given by Joseph. These talks coordinate with the chapters in his book, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening. After listening, we will have an opportunity to dialogue about what we have listened to and how we can incorporate this valuable material into our lives.

We meet Tuesday evenings each week from 6:30 to 8:30 with a silent meditation from 6:30 - 7:00. At 7:00PM we listen to the recording and then hold a dialogue, with a closing time of 8:30.  Please feel free to join the group at the time that works best for you. If you have questions, please send them to me at alby@insightsd.org.  Also please feel free to join the group weekly or intermittently, as your schedule and preferences allow. Please register so we have a sense of how many will be attending.

What people are saying about their experience with this program last year:

“I am grateful to Joseph Goldstein for sharing such meaningful wisdom. Each week I have been enriched with powerful knowledge that has expanded my inner peace.”

 “Coming together once a week to share or to just listen helps my week and my practice flow.”

 “This once-a-week chance to deeply explore the foundations of mindfulness was both well organized and richly personal. The community which formed around the Buddhist teachings helped me develop a steady meditation practice as well as a more peaceful daily life.”

 “Listening together to these talks with our discussions afterward cultivates direct experience of teachings more than being alone with the excellent practical guidebook to them.  (Thank you)”


See directions to center. Deepen your experience and purchase the book that inspired the course. If you have missed a session, you can click on the title of each Discussion Topic below to read more.  As an introduction to several of the fundamental terms used in the teachings, Joseph describes consciousness, mindfulness/awareness, and wisdom in the talk Clarification of Terms.

Following a 2,500 year tradition known as Dana, the teachings and meditation sessions represented on this website are offered on a generosity (dana) basis.  No one will be turned away because they cannot pay. We are encouraging members to give what their budget and hearts of generosity allow, and/or to sign up for monthly giving on our Donations page.

Seating is Limited. After joining you'll be added to our email system. Look for emails containing program information about our online forum on Google Groups and other announcements.

Expand your participation via our online discussion group *.  This is also where we'll post information about upcoming and past sessions including links to recorded talks.

1 1/12/16 Introduction, Overview, Orientation
2 1/19/16 Direct Path to Liberation
3 1/26/16 Mindfulness
4 2/2/16 Concentration and Contemplation
5 2/9/16 Impermanence
6 2/16/16 Bare Knowing and Continuous Mindfulness
7 2/23/16 Not Clinging to Anything
8 3/1/16 Mindfulness of the Body
9 3/8/16 Purification through Mindfulness of Postures
10 3/15/16 Clear Knowing and Meditation on Parts of the Body
11 3/22/16 The Four Elements
12 3/29/16 Mindfulness of Feelings I
13 4/5/16 Worldly and Unworldly Feelings (or Feelings Part 2)
14 4/12/16 Mindfulness of Mind
15 4/19/16 Mindfulness of Refrain
16 4/26/16 Mindfulness of Dhamma: Hindrance - Desire
17 5/3/16 Mindfulness of Dhamma: Hindrance - Aversion
18 5/10/16 Mindfulness of Dhamma: Hindrance - Sloth & Torpor
19 5/17/16 Mindfulness of Dhamma: Hindrance - Restlessness
20 5/24/16 Doubt
21 5/31/16 The Five Aggregates - Material, Perceptions, Elements, Feelings
22 6/7/16 The Five Aggregates - Perception and Formation
23 6/14/16 The Five Aggregates - Formation and Consciousness
24 6/21/16 The Five Aggregates - Non-Self
25 6/28/16 The Six Sense Spheres - I
26 7/5/16 The Six Sense Spheres - II
27 7/12/16 The Six Sense Spheres - III
28 7/19/16 Factors of Awakening: Mindfulness
29 7/26/16 Factors of Awakening: Investigation
30 8/2/16 Factors of Awakening: Energy
31 8/9/16 Factors of Awakening: Rapture I
32 8/16/16 Factors of Awakening: Rapture II
33 8/23/16 Factors of Awakening: Tranquility
34 8/30/16 Factors of Awakening: Concentration I
35 9/6/16 Factors of Awakening: Concentration II
36 9/13/16 Factors of Awakening: Equanimity
37 9/20/16 Four Noble Truths: Truth of Dukkha
38 9/27/16 Four Noble Truths: Origin of Dukkha
39 10/4/16 Four Noble Truths: Cessation of Dukkha
40 10/11/16 The Noble Eightfold Path: Right View I
41 10/18/16 The Noble Eightfold Path: Right View II
42 10/25/16 The Noble Eightfold Path: Right Thought I: Renunciation
43 11/1/16 The Noble Eightfold Path: Right Thought II : Lovingkindness
No class on 11/8
44 11/15/16 The Noble Eightfold Path: Right Thought III: Compassion
45 11/22/16 The Noble Eightfold Path: Right Speech
46 11/29/16 The Noble Eightfold Path: Right Action / Right Livelihood
47 12/6/16 The Noble Eightfold Path: Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration
48 12/13/16 Looking Back / Looking Forward