This month, I am starting an online course called Radiant Heart and we will be reading a number of Classical Buddhist texts that provide guidance for both meditation and interacting with others that builds our capacity for happiness and joy.  This course is appropriate whether you identify with “being Buddhist” or not as none of the texts ask you to pray to a certain God or believe anything in particular.  Therefore, this course will not challenge your current belief system or commitment to a particular practice of religion.  Instead, the course challenges you to experiment with breathing, movement and mind practices that have the potential to change how you experience daily life.

In the preparation of this course I have come across a relatively new science: neurotheology.  Regardless of what part of this science makes sense to you or doesn’t, it appears that reading religious texts and taking the time to consider ourselves as living beings in relationship to higher power is good for our health.  I don’t know very much about this, but it is something that I am profoundly curious about because of the role that faith, in general, has played in my life.

My goal for this course is to help participants learn how to breathe, meditate and move in ways that create an improved sense of peace and well-being regardless of current circumstances.  Whether you have been practicing yoga and meditation for years or just feel curious, but have never tried to meditate, this course will be beneficial to you.  For yoga teachers, this course has the opportunity to earn 15 CEU credits for maintaining your registration with Yoga Alliance.  Find the complete syllabus, reading list and lecture and office hours schedule HERE.  This is an online course, so you can work at your own pace and all lectures are recorded so you can download the videos and watch anytime.

Course will be accessible on April 3, 2015, but you can register anytime before the course ends in June.  You will have access to the live events and office hours if you start in April, but everything is recorded and available online so you don’t have to worry about being able to keep to the schedule.  Start at your convenience and complete the course at your own pace.

Here is a list of the five texts we will be reading and exploring practices for:

Finding the Breath of the Heart
The Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing
Pali of the Anapanasati Sutta

The Heart’s Intelligence
The Sutra on the Establishments of Mindfulness
Satipatthana Sutta

Mindful Heart Practices
The Heart Sutra
Prajnaparamita Hrdaya Sutra

Radiant Heart
The Radiance Sutras
Vijnana Bhairava Tantra

The Sutra on Happiness
Mangala Sutta
Cultivating joy and abundance