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Review of how to build the mandala, when and why the mandala is offered, and a discussion on ancient Indiana cosmology and the symbolism of the mandala.
Examining the eightfold noble path through right action and right livelihood.
Investigating the way things appear and how they actually exist.
How to build a mandala and the purpose of doing so.
The importance of understanding the reasons why we do preliminary practices to purify negativities and accumulate merit.
An overview of the eightfold noble path as well as an in-depth look at right speech and right action.
The three levels of dependent arising and why it’s important to cultivate this wisdom.
Exploring the nine stages involved in attaining calm abiding.
Examining the last three obstacles to calm abiding meditation: laxity and excitement, non-application, and over-application.
Examining laxity and excitement , one of the five hindrances to calm abiding meditation.