Sean Feit Oakes, PhD

Sean Feit Oakes, PhD, teaches Buddhism and Yoga focusing on the integration of meditation, trauma resolution, and social justice. He received teaching authorization from Jack Kornfield, and wrote his dissertation on extraordinary meditative states. His current research explores identity, ancestry, and rebirth, and working with the body in contemplative inquiry.

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This month at Satsang (July 2020)

In June at the Tuesday Satsang we started looking at the Buddhist model of conditionality called Dependent Origination, using this elegant ancient model as a support for deconstructing racial bias and discrimination both in individual and systemic forms. I know that sounds technical, but don’t worry. It’s a discussion of reactivity, identity, and how systemic oppression and trauma psychology operate in similar ways. Beginners always welcome.
Now heading into July, we’re exploring various aspects of this model, continuing to use race, racism, and racial bias as the main example for inquiry. The conversations have been rich and dynamic as we apply an ancient analytical tool to a very contemporary problem.
Satsang is now online for the immediate future, on the Zoom platform. All are welcome to join, in the spirit and practice of Gift Economy, supporting us to make the resources of the Buddhist tradition available as freely and widely as possible.
History of Yoga Course

Intro to the History of Yoga: Philosophy, Practice, Transformation

for Yoga teacher training programs

Intro to the History of Yoga is a 20-hour online course, approved by Yoga Alliance, to fulfill the foundational yoga history and philosophy curriculum in yoga teacher training programs. This curriculum provides a deep dive into the ocean of ideas, practices, and culture that evolved into modern Yoga and equips graduates with a deep understanding and reverence for the culture and traditions from which these transformative practices arose.

5 Recollections for Daily Practice

I am of the nature to age, I have not gone beyond aging.
I am of the nature to sicken, I have not gone beyond sickness.
I am of the nature to die, I have not gone beyond dying.
All that is mine, beloved and pleasing, will become otherwise, will be separated from me.
I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related to my actions, abide supported by my actions.
Whatever action I do, for good or for ill, of that I will be the heir.

(AN 5.57, tr. Forest Saṅgha)

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