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Committed Dharma Practitioners’ Programme (CDPP)

stairs-looking-upWith teachers John Peacock, Christina Feldman, Stephen Batchelor and Akincano M. Weber.

2 Year Advanced Course

The CDPP is an extended programme integrating the study and practice of the Dhamma that is rooted in the Buddha’s teaching of the path to liberation. The programme provides an opportunity to study the texts (pariyatti), develop and cultivate our experiential understanding of the teaching (patipatti) and investigate how they apply to our meditation practice and daily life, and understand what is meant by realisation (pativedha).

It offers a number of different, yet interwoven strands within its framework – teaching, discussion, community, reflection and investigations applied in our daily lives. Students will have previous experience with Dharma practice, and the programme is an opportunity to learn and practice together. One of the intentions of this extended programme is to encourage participants to embed the teaching in every area of their lives.

When I first considered the Committed Dharma Practitioner Programme I wondered how I would fit it into a busy life. I asked a Gaia House teacher who knew me and the CDPP. She had previously said of the busyness “you need to do less;” but now of the CDPP programme she said, “absolutely, you should do the CDPP.”
Over the two years I have found many aspects of my life transformed by what I have learned. I have gone from seeing Pali and the suttas as impenetrable, to coming to love learning what they have to offer. The course had the added bonus of introducing me to a rich and diverse community of teachers and student

(Willem Kukyen, 2011-12 participant).

Modules and Retreats:

The modules, held in the beautiful setting of Sharpham House (near Totnes), offer an in-depth exploration of the teachings of the Buddha.  They include sustained blocks of teachings and discussion and times for questions each day. Retreats are held at Gaia House and have a study practice format. Please download the CDPP Framework 2013 document for more information about the course.

The programme has been practical, challenging and inspiring. The suggested readings and reflections have woven the course modules into daily life and offered sustenance in meeting the ‘good, bad and ugly’ on a moment-to-moment basis. The course has been enriched by the patience and generosity of the teachers, and by the dedication and tenacity of fellow students.’ (River Wolton, 2011-12 participant)

To apply for the course please download an application form and submit completed applications to the Course Administrator at ku.oc.oohaynull@ppdcmahprahs who will also answer any questions about the course or your application.