Sex, Intimacy, and Communication

Four Weeks with JoAnna Harper

Four Fridays Starting April 8, 2016




In this unique series we will explore what the Buddha taught as principles for lay practitioners regarding relationship and sexuality. We will also leap forward 2600 years to an ever-growing population of non-monastic practitioners living life in the world of sensuality, desire and relationship. Very little is found about this in Buddhism; this class will be a beautiful opportunity to discover your own relationship to these topics and how to live life fully while causing less suffering to ourselves and others.

This four week series will cover the third precept of not causing harm with our sexuality, renunciation through celibacy, how our own mindfulness practice can open us to greater intimacy with others and deepening communication skills.  The format will include, meditation, dharma talks and discussions.

This class is appropriate for all, no matter who you are attracted to.

Class dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29

Cost: $20 per evening or $70 if paid in advance. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to the teacher at each class (teachers receive a portion of the reg fee and are supported by dana). Please pay at the highest level you can afford to support our programs and those who have less. Some scholarships and work-study are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

$100+ Monthly Supporters can attend with no registration fee (but Dana to the teachers is always appreciated).

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JoAnna Harper has been exploring and practicing multiple traditions since 1999. In 2005, her focus landed on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation, which is the premise for most of her current teaching. She teaches; adult and teen weeklong silent retreats, day longs and weekly classes, and works with at risk youth and non at risk youth in institutional and school settings. She has been trained in council facilitation with the Ojai Foundation, is a guiding teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS/IMC four-year teacher training. She is the grateful mother of CJ and Harris – her main inspirations.

This class will be held at 4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90029. Click on the address for info on parking around the Melrose Center.