A Year in the Dharma: Intensive Buddhist Study Program



This 12-month program is designed as an interactive, educational, and experiential study of Buddhist theory and practices as outlined through an Early Buddhist context. The course curriculum will focus on themes related to the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, and the Four Brahmaviharas. There will be educational lectures and assignments (assigned texts, articles, and audio recordings), peer teaching and facilitation, as well as guided practices related to mindfulness, heart practice, and relational dialogue. The program is appropriate for beginners, as well as those with long-term practice.

Scheduled Dates (One Sunday morning per month) from 10am – 1pm:

February 26; March 19; April 9 (tentative); May 7; June 25; July 9; August 13; September 10; October 15; November 12; December 10

Final Group on January 14 – NO CLASS – Graduation @ Sunday Evening Group (7pm – 8:30pm)

We will be reading the following texts, in order*:

  1. “Buddhism: A Concise Introduction” by Huston Smith & Philip Novak – DUE Feb. 26th.
  2. “The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering” by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  3. “Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening” by Joseph Goldstein

* “Buddhism: A Concise Introduction” is assigned reading, due by course start date, Feb 26th.

Cost: $500 – 700 (Sliding Scale) for the 12 months, payable by the first class date.

If you need to make other financial arrangements, contact: nashvillemindfulness@gmail.com

** Registration Deadline is February 6th **

Register by following link, or reaching out to nashvillemindfulness@gmail.com:



Andrew Chapman currently manages operations, facilitates groups, and offers adjunct workshops and courses at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Nashville. Both his personal and professional work have been supported through intensive practice and educational curriculums related to Early Buddhism, Western psychology, as well as through his work as a master’s level social worker and addictions and mental health counselor. Andrew will graduate from a 2.5 year Buddhist facilitator training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the Spring of 2017. He has been a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and Meharry Medical college.

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