Buddhist Study Series - Begins Sep 14, 2019

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This 6-month program is designed as an interactive, educational, and experiential study of Buddhist theory and practices as outlined through an Early Buddhist context. The course curriculum will focus on themes related to the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, and the Four Brahmaviharas. There will be educational lectures and assignments (assigned texts, articles, and audio recordings), as well as guided practices related to mindfulness, heart practice, and relational mindfulness. The program is appropriate for beginners, as well as those with long-term practice.

Scheduled Dates (2nd Saturday of every month) from 10am – 4pm:

September 14th 2019 October 12th 2019 November 9th 2019

December 14th 2019 January 11th 2020 February 8th 2020

Graduation @ Sunday Morning OR Evening Group on February 9th 2020

Required reading, in order:

“Buddhism: A Concise Introduction” by Huston Smith & Philip Novak
(to page 88 for the assignments, the whole book is recommended)

“The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering” by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Cost: $375 – $625 (Sliding Scale) for the 6 months, payable by the first class date.

Please pay to your highest financial ability within the sliding scale – lower sliding scale rates are intended for those needing financial support. There is limited space, please register as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

If you have any inquiries, please contact: wildheartnashville@gmail.com

** Registration Deadline is August 17th**

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WHMC Study Programs & Trainings:

In order to better serve our mission, Wild Heart Meditation Center is beginning a series of intensive study & training programs, which will support the on-going development of dedicated practitioners and leadership in the community.

The “Buddhist Study Series” will be a pre-requisite course for those interested in a later offering, WHMC’s “Advanced Practitioner’s Group”, followed by an opportunity to be considered for participation in a year-long WHMC “Buddhist Meditation Facilitator Training”.

These 3 programs will unfold gradually over the course of the next couple years. More information will be offered during the Buddhist Study Series course, but is also available upon request.

Regardless of your intention to pursue the subsequent study programs & trainings, we hope that you will consider participating in the Buddhist Study Series if you have a general interest in exploring these teachings and practices with a dedicated community. Anyone is welcome to participate.

facilitated by:


Andrew is currently the guiding teacher and co-director at Wild Heart Meditation Center. In the Spring of 2017, he graduated from a 2.5-year Community Dharma Leadership training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he received authorization to teach the Dharma. Andrew’s personal study & practice has included intensive workshops and silent retreat practice, including extensive month-long training in both the Thai Forest (via Ajahn Sucitto) & Burmese (via Panditarama Forest Meditation Center in Myanmar) methods of practice. Andrew is also a licensed master social worker, working as a helping professional in the Nashville community.


Mikey Noechel is a Buddhist Meditation Instructor and addiction treatment specialist based out of Nashville, TN. He has been trained to facilitate meditation groups through Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Mikey regularly leads groups at Wild Heart Meditation Center. Mikey has also helped launch Mindful Nashville, a collective of helping professionals incorporating mindfulness as a method of treatment. Currently, Mikey is in training through Heartwood Refuge in Hendersonville, NC. He is in their Dharmacharya Ordination program, which is a multi-lineage lay ordination program, lead by the Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni and the Venerable Pannadipa Bhikkhu.

Don Givens