Stages of the Path: Series 1 - Discovering Basic Sanity with Bart Mendel: Sunday, January 28, 10-noon and 1:30-3:30, and ongoing online Sundays 7-8:30.

Stages of the Path: Series 1 - Discovering Basic Sanity

A series of online teachings by Bart Mendel offered through the San Luis Obispo California Bodhi Path Center and online through the Bodhi Path Virtual Center. The live in person launch will take place at our regular Sunday meeting on January 28th and continue in the afternoon.

Posted: 18.01.18


Course Description:

In our busy life, it is difficult to find time to study and practice. Methodical study of the dharma is an ideal way to overcome this obstacle, which brings many blessings to our practice. With study comes understanding, which kindles our insight, connects us deeply with our own inherent wealth of qualities, and inspires us forward on our journey of discovery.

This class will be a thorough presentation of the Stages on the Path to Enlightenment, called lam rim in Tibetan. Lam rim is a traditional and practical way of presenting the essential points of sutra practice in their logical order for study and practice. While students are strongly encouraged to fully participate in both the in-person and online teachings, all teachings will be video recorded and made available for those who miss or can’t attend, those who want to review, and those who are inspired to learn in the future. Our aspiration is that this initial 7-week course will be the first installment of a presentation of the complete Hinayana and Mahayana paths.

Dates and Times:

Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 from 10 AM to 12 PM and 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM (all times are Pacific Time). The series kicks off with a live launch at Bodhi Path San Luis Obispo. These sessions will be broadcast live over the internet and available to registered participants.

Sunday Evenings Starting on February 4, 2018 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM (Pacific Time). The initial session will be followed by 4 weekly online streaming classes available to registered participants starting on February 4 with a break on Feb. 25 and/or Mar. 4.

Registration: (required for online content)

In order to access video links and course materials, you need to join the Bodhi Path GroupSpaces group, for free, at:

Once your registration is accepted, you should receive an email confirming your membership in the Bodhi Path Group. After you join the group, you can then register (also for free) for Bart’s first teaching on January 28th. You will also be added to a group email list for Bart’s series, so we can contact you when new content becomes available.

The course syllabus, supporting materials, a guide to online etiquette, and links to the videos will be available through your Bodhi Path GroupSpaces account. If you are unable to attend any of the teachings or wish to review them, you can view them at your convenience via links to the recordings. 


This initial series for “Stages of the Path” is offered without paid registration. However, we rely on the ongoing financial support of attendees to make these and other teachings available. Please make a donation by clicking on the “Donate” tab of your GroupSpaces account. A “suggested donation” is $100 for the entire course, but please give generously within your means. No donation is too small or too large and will be used to support the Bodhi Path Virtual Center, Bart's teaching activities, and the San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Center.