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The Progress of Insight

Did this happen to you? First, you figured out that meditation was what you wanted to do, then you figured out how to actually meditate, and then, while sitting there on your zafu minding your own business all of a sudden out of nowhere you start having “insights.†Real, live insights: some big, some small, some that seem really important, some, well, not so much.

Did the voice inside your head ever say, “Do all insights lead to enlightenment, or if only some, which ones?â€

Turns out, there are a lot of “maps†or “models†of enlightenment, step-by-step descriptions of the way the path unfolds.

This course will use Mahasi Sayadaw’s The Progress of Insight (Visuddhiñana-katha) as the “map†of insights worth paying attention to, and Shinzen Young’s 5 Ways To Know Yourself As A Spiritual Being as the means of exploring them.

This course is ideal for people who have been meditating for a while and want to deepen their insight practice.

George Haas began down his path with a period of light-weight spiritual seeking (and heavy-duty drug and alcohol use). In 1978, he began a serious exploration of the 11th step of the 12-Step tradition, working primarily with concentration to reduce the anxiety of living sober.

In an effort to make sense out of, and live with, the mounting AIDS deaths of the 1980s, Mr. Haas began walking the Red Road and reading Buddhist texts. Moving to Los Angeles from Manhattan in 1992, Mr. Haas began sitting vipassana at Ordinary Dharma, and reading extensively. In 1998, he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, and Vipassana Support International. Mr. Haas is a Senior Facilitator at VSI and teaches in an irreverent style. He has been teaching meditation in Los Angeles since 2000.

Cost: $20 per week and the offering of dana to the teacher. 15% Discount if paid in advance.

No one is turned away for lack of funds. For more information, or with any questions, please email us at service@againstthestream.

http://www.againstthestream.org/programs/class-series/progress-of-insight

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