Teacher: Christopher Ash

Weekly Conversations

When a specific course is not happening, I open up our Zoom venue each Sunday at 4:00 PM, Sydney-Melbourne time.

These weekly Kalyanamitta meetings are open to those who have done my courses or have made an arrangement with me personally.

If we are not engaged in a course (those listed below), then these sessions are open for Q & A, or for a mindful inquiry on topics which I or the participants bring. The details of this weekly meeting will be listed below in the events.

Courses

All the course sessions are on Zoom; and all are held on Sundays at 4:00 PM, Sydney-Melbourne time. (Some courses will be supplemented with optional Wednesday sessions. These will also be at 4:00 PM, Sydney-Melbourne time.)

The program for 2022 is really quite exciting for me. The year goes something like this: We start with 1) the foundational body-based skills of meaning-making (Gendlin’s Focusing); and then 2) apply the body-based learning to the way of Buddhist inquiry (Dhammavicaya); then, 3) we articulate a practical model of early Buddhist doctrine, with the help of Sue Hamilton-Blyth’s I of the Beholder; 4) we study the twelve-process dependent-arising model; and lastly, 5) we proceed to ‘empty combodiment’ via an investigation of Douglas Harding’s practice of Having No Head.

In between these inquires we enjoy our regular conversations.

  • Sun
    28
    Aug
    2022
    4:00 pmZoom

    This is a eight-week series exploring a coherent model of the Early Buddhist teachings. I intend it as a kind of 'What the Buddha Taught'  course, suitable for meditators of all levels. It begins on August 28, and the finishes with an extra Sunday session on 23 October.

    Each week there'll be a half-hour presentation on a chapter of Sue Hamilton-Blyth's book Early Buddhism: A New Approach - 'I' of the Beholder. Then we'll have an hour-long conversation generated by the content as presented. We will not be slavishly adopting Dr. Hamilton-Blyth's points, but seeking where possible to confirm them in our experience (or disconfirm), and carry her research forward, where possible. I recommend that our individual purpose be: to generate, each of us, a coherent vision of the path of human transformation.  I recommend this book as an excellent starting place.

    I will invite participants to consult their bodily-felt meaning-sense of the concepts, and to look at the vision in terms of our 'process orientation.'

    Participants do not have have read the book, though it's recommended. I'll send out excerpts from the chapters, beforehand, to facilitate the conversation. In support of participants' experiential learning, each week there will be awareness experiments to do as we go about our daily lives.

    The list of topics follows the names of her chapters, as follows:
    Chapter One: Setting the Scene: The 'not-self' characteristic; and, the five aggregates.
    Chapter Two: The Indian Context
    Chapter Three: The Focus on Experience
    Chapter Four: The World of Experience
    Chapter Five: The Experience of Subjectivity and Objectivity
    Chapter Six: The Structure of Experience
    Chapter Seven: The Limits of Experience
    Chapter Eight: A World of Metaphor: Continuity, Death and Ethics
    And, the last session (31 July) will be focussed on the book's postscript: Postscript: On What is a human being?

  • Sun
    28
    Aug
    2022
    4:00 pmZoom

    THIS WEEK, the conversation is about Chapter Two: The Indian Context.

    This is a eight-week series exploring a coherent model of the Early Buddhist teachings. I intend it as a kind of 'What the Buddha Taught'  course, suitable for meditators of all levels. It begins on August 28, and the finishes with an extra Sunday session on 23 October.

    Each week there'll be a half-hour presentation on a chapter of Sue Hamilton-Blyth's book Early Buddhism: A New Approach - 'I' of the Beholder. Then we'll have an hour-long conversation generated by the content as presented. We will not be slavishly adopting Dr. Hamilton-Blyth's points, but seeking where possible to confirm them in our experience (or disconfirm), and carry her research forward, where possible. I recommend that our individual purpose be: to generate, each of us, a coherent vision of the path of human transformation.  I recommend this book as an excellent starting place.

  • Sun
    30
    Oct
    2022
    4:00 pmOnline

    30 October, 2020 - December 11, 2020 (Sydney Daylight Savings time).

    A practical six-week course exploring Douglas Harding’s Headless Way vision, alongside a study of the Kālakarāma Sutta and the Heart Sutra, and with reference to the writings of modern phenomenologists. (Six weeks, seven sessions. This course will have practice sessions on the Wednesdays.)

    This course has the special entry requirement that participants will have done at least two long courses with Christopher; or, one long course and a in-person retreat (attended prior to 2020).