Community Circles

Good friends, companions, and associates are the whole of the spiritual life. A [practitioner] with good friends, companions, and associates can expect to develop and cultivate the noble eightfold path.
The Buddha to Ananda, Upaddha Sutta: Half the Spiritual Life, SN 45.2


You are warmly invited to our Community Circles: The Eightfold Path to a Wholehearted Life. Our Community Circle courses are immersions in the dharma, with spiritual friends.

Six colorful icons representing head and shoulders/arms of people make a circle. Inside the circle is a triple spiral. The outer circle represents the community support cultivated by this program, and the inner spirals represent the three themes of the eightfold path - wisdom, harmonious relations, and practice.

This is a time for us to gather as a dedicated cohort, and to engage in small groups to explore the dharma with gentle relational practices.

This year, we will immerse in the foundational teaching of the eightfold path. This teaching shows us how to make our whole life a path of practice. The path includes three spirals of teachings, beginning with panna, the Pali word for wisdom, which includes wise view about where peace and liberation lie, and wise intention, which can guide us in the journey. The second spiral is sila, or harmonious relations, where we bring our wisdom into our speech, action, and livelihood. Then from this foundation, the third teaching on samadhi spirals into wise effort, mindfulness, and concentration, which in turn further deepen our understanding and commitment to wise view. All three spirals influence and deepen each other. As we continue to practice, we spiral deeper in the embodiment of the path.

This 7-month program starts October 2022. It includes monthly meetings, monthly home reflections and readings, weekly check-ins with practice buddies, as well as commitment to your own individual practice. In addition, practice talks with Jeanne can deeply anchor your practice, and we recommend 3-5 twenty-five minute meetings with Jeanne during the program.

We will be offering two options for this program: an in-person series, for people in/near Saskatoon, and an online series.

Dates and times

Monthly meeting dates are as listed below. Each session runs 7-9 pm Saskatchewan time (click links for conversion into other time zones).

In personOnline
October 24October 31
November 21November 28
January 9January 16
February 6February 13
March 6March 13
April 3April 17
May 1May 15

This time of practice in community is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Course fees

Administration fee:
The administration fee paid at the time of registration helps cover the administrative costs for SIMC.

Teacher dana/donation:
The registration fee does not include teacher support – there will be an opportunity to offer dana to Jeanne. See dana information below.

Registration

To register for the IN-PERSON offering:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=55481

To register for the ONLINE offering:
https://saskatooninsight.com/forms/view.php?id=55760


Course Teacher

Jeanne Corrigal is the guiding teacher for the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community, and a graduate of the 2017-2021 IMS teacher training program. She deeply appreciates metta and nature based practices. She has been practicing since 1999, and is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner and Community Dharma Leader Programs. Jeanne is certified with Indigenous Focusing Oriented Trauma Therapy (IFOT), is a certified MBSR teacher, and she has trained with Mindful Schools and Somatic Experiencing. She is Métis, and one of her first teachers in loving presence was Cree Elder Jim Settee.


Some words about the practice of dana

We often have queries about what might be an appropriate range for any financial dana offering to the teachers, that you might wish to make. Before we consider this, it is really important to know that the teaching of dana is a liberation teaching, because it is an intentional opportunity to practice generosity, which can directly erode the habit in the mind of grasping. The Buddha invites us to tune into the joy of dana, the joy of giving, before, during and after… so please, see this as a joy and liberation practice!

One of the gifts of dana is that it is optional, and if people decide to give in this way, they can give according to their means. And at the same time, asking about a range is a reasonable question… in Asia, folks often have an idea of how much is needed to support a teacher’s “requisites”, but in the west, we don’t have the same kind of guidelines, and folks in the west can be left a little bit out at sea in this area.

Offering guidance can be sensitive, as everyone’s circumstances are different. That said, in order to support the teachings, we offer these guidelines as a place to start, and those who wish to give in this way can move up or down on the scale, according to their means.

One guideline is to give the amount that brings you joy, knowing that your dana is supporting the Dharma to carry on (while being aware of not breaking the bank 🙂). One may also seek guidance by looking at the fees that are charged for similar events of workshops in our culture. Movies now cost $15 or more; yoga classes often $15/hour; in addition, workshop leaders are often compensated in recognition of the time it takes to prepare materials, the presentation, as well as their expertise.

Perhaps a helpful starting point for our sessions would be $30 – $40 per class. (This would be a range of something like $210 – $280 for the program). For one-on-one practice talks with Jeanne, a range of $35 – $50 per meeting could be a good range to consider.

Please feel free to offer less than this in order to ensure your participation, knowing that your presence and any financial contribution are valued. Please feel free to offer more, if you are able, and it brings you joy to support others and the program in this precious way. Feel free to offer monthly or once or twice during the course – whatever works for you. And, please know that we are very grateful for both the dana of your presence in the program, and your financial dana; both danas contribute to our capacity to continue teaching. You can feel that your support is supporting the Dharma. Thank you.

If you wish to offer your generosity to support Jeanne and our community, please visit our dana page to find details.