Knoxville Community of Mindfulness

Establishing Mindfulness
Three courses in 2021 - see dates below

$60 suggested donation

Experiential learning  to deepen and expand the practice of mindfulness

This class is based on the teachings called the Satipatthana Sutta or Four Foundations of Mindfulness, a text which has been an essential meditation manual for millions of practitioners over the centuries.  The Buddha called it the direct path for overcoming grief and sorrow, for ending suffering and anxiety, and for realizing nirvana.  

Each class includes teaching, written instructions, guided meditations, and time for Q&A.  Prior experience with mindfulness meditation is required.  These practices can be done by anyone, regardless of their spiritual tradition. After the classes end, a weekly follow-up meeting will be offered at no cost to answer questions and help you maintain a regular practice

Classes meet weekly on Zoom.  When you submit your registration form, you will see the message: You have successfully registered, appear briefly above the submit button.  A few days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive the Zoom link  and a short reading.  If possible, please register at least one day prior to the first class so that you will have time to complete the short reading. 

There is a suggested donation of $60, which covers the four classes.  Any amount is gratefully accepted. Your practice of generosity makes it possible for those of limited means to participate in the class.

John Blackburn, Ph.D., has practiced meditation for over forty-five years, practicing intensively with teachers in the Vipassana, Zen, and Dzogchen traditions.  He leads a local meditation group, the Knoxville Community of Mindfulness.  He also serves as member of the board of directors for Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC.z

2021 Course Offerings

                                           January 13-February 3                            May 2-23                August 18-September 8
                                               Wednesdays                                        Sundays                             Wednesdays                                                                                      
                                            6:30-8:00 pm                                    4:00-5:30 pm                            6:30-8:00 pm        
Registration NOW OPEN for May class.  
Registration for August class begins June 1.
Note Registration Process Has Changed:  
When you submit your registration, a "successfully submitted" message will pop up.  Several days to a week prior to the start of the course you will receive an email with the Zoom link and a short preparation for the first class.