Suffering, distress, the painful
The spiral to freedom includes the messiness, uncertainty, and grief of our lives as a starting condition. We may notice that this is the end-point of the traditional 12-link model of dependent arising.
Confidence / trust
Care, heedfulness, dedication
Virtue / ethics
Mindfulness & situational awareness
The spiral leads to a certain coolness and equanimity which becomes the basis for a variety of fruitions...
Unit 1 | Rediscovering the Spiral to Freedom
We start with the context of the spiral teachings, particularly how they frame dependent arising as a contemplative teaching and provide the psychological prerequisites for awakening.
Unit 2 | A Psychology of Freedom
We'll define the kinds of freedom offered by the spiral path and relate this to the vision of conditionality and liberation we find in the early texts. In particular, we'll introduce one of the spiral texts that was very dear to Bhikkhu Buddhadāsa, one of the 20th Century masters in the Thai Forest tradition.
Unit 3 | Entering the Spiral to Freedom
We have created a preliminary map of the spiral and now we are ready to enter the terrain. There are a number of possible entry points into the spiral, depending on which of the spiral texts we consult, and what best suits our aptitudes as a practitioner: confidence, energy, virtue, investigation, care, and inspiration.
Unit 4 | The Limbs of the Spiral
Having entered the spiral progression, we now are seeking to understand each of its qualities in turn, and how one leads to the next in sequence. This is a path of development that we cultivate amidst the mundane and ordinary and yet it radically expands the mind.
Unit 5 | The Fruitions
We continue our in-depth traversal of the spiral to freedom and look at several exit points from the spiral that are mentioned in the texts. There are promises of transformative understanding, and we will unpack two of these in particular.
Unit 6 | A Calibrated Teaching
Having explored the spiral and its variations, we will now look at the nature of the freedom it offers. We will also look at how we can translate these teachings into a practice that takes place in our lives and genuinely moves us forward.
Praise for The Spiral to Freedom, featuring Akincano Weber and John Peacock
Great course for all practitioners. Best one I have taken and I have been practicing for 20+ years. I will revisit many times because the course is so rich with ideas and techniques.
A very practical, empowering teaching, makes even 'advanced' meditation states like rapture, tranquility, and samādhi accessible along with deeper insight into the dhamma.
The course seems to break new ground in its emphasis on life-affirming ways of studying and living the dharma, as well as bringing some clear suggestions on how to live Buddhist ethics in our rather scary and cynicism-prone modern times.