The Power of Being Present: The Four Foundations

The Power of Being Present: The Four Foundations
4 sessions, 8 hours


One often hears that one meditates to learn to relax. Although relaxing is often a meditation goal, the true purpose is to be present in one’s life more fully; being present on the spot rather than being riveted about according to one’s hopes and fears. The practice of the four foundations is an everyday practice to enter the now more fully. Meditation is making friends with oneself and developing compassion towards others. This is a course on mindfulness. It is not about becoming a Buddhist but about employing techniques which Gotama Buddha employed over 3,000 years ago. It worked for him, and it has worked for many people since him in a variety of spiritual traditions. This is not a religious course, but it is about working with techniques and exercises that will allow one to enter the now of everyday life more fully.

Instructor: Dr. Jerry Webster presently serves as the Shastri, or head teacher, with the Shambhala Buddhist Meditation Center in Washington, D.C.. He obtained his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland and has taught literature there and multiculturalism for Montgomery County Public Schools. Dr. Webster’s 40 years of teaching experience began with the Peace Corps in Afghanistan. He currently teaches this course and others at Johns Hopkins University.

ILR408 The Power of Being Present: The Four Foundations
5 digit #: 17627
Mon, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 6/5 – 6/26
Location: Linganore Hall/L109
Fee: $69 Tuition: $30 Total: $99
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only

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