Intro to Insight Meditation Thought and Practice

8 Weeks
Tuesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 21, 2023

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
on Zoom

In this course, we will explore the foundational principles of Buddhism, its core teachings, and the practice of meditation. It is designed for anyone who is new to Buddhist thought or who wants to refresh their understanding and practice. The program consists of eight 90-minutes sessions offered via Zoom. Each session will include guided meditations and a presentation on a fundamental teaching. The eight sessions are intended to build upon each other, but each can stand alone so that one can join any session without feeling lost. The course will be led by Gordon Gowans and Sandi Schmidt, members of IM Cleveland’s Dharma Council.

The course is offered free of charge but registration is required. Please register below. Questions about the class? Contact Sandi Schmidt.


Oct. 3 – Session 1
What Is Meditation and How Do We Do It?

Oct 10 – Session 2
Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation

Oct. 17 – Session 3
Suffering and the End of Suffering

Oct. 24 – Session 4
Hindrances We Encounter in Meditation

Oct. 31 – Session 5
Vipassana (Insight or Mindfulness) Meditation

Nov. 7 – Session 6
Five Aggregates of Clinging

Nov. 14 – Session 7
Dependent Origination

Nov 21 – Session 8
Foundations of Mindfulness