Embodying Ethics & Vows in Modern Life

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  • January 23, 2017 - April 3, 2017
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Studying and learning to embody the ethical practices laid out in Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutra and the teachings of the Buddha is a deep practice of committing to building a culture of non-harm, honesty, and respect for all creatures.

This 10-week course is for students wishing to place practice at the centre of their lives through an exploration of values and practical ways of embodying the dharma. Do you ever feel like you have difficulty integrating your practice on the yoga mat and meditation cushion with the layers and demands of your life? Yoga postures and sitting meditation are great tools, but we also need tools that are easily at hand in the relational world where most of us get stuck.


  • 10 lectures
  • 7+ hours of videos
  • 10 weeks of support via discussion forum
  • Weekly online calls with the course facilitator(s)
  • Ability to stream or download videos
  • Lifetime access


  1. Introduction to Embodying Ethics and Vows in Modern Life
  2. Mindfulness and Morality
  3. Ahimsa (Non-harming) with Michael Stone and Pat Smith
  4. Satya (Honesty)
  5. Essay Assignment
  6. Asteya (Non-stealing or Being Satisfied with What You Have)
  7. Brahmacharya
  8. Michael Stone and Simone Moir in Conversation on Aparigraha
  9. Aparigraha (Part II)
  10. Conclusion

Course components

  • Weekly video dharma talks
  • Weekly online call
  • Communication in the group discussion forum
  • Weekly partner meetings (online, by phone, or in person)
  • Right livelihood practice
  • Textual study (about 2 hours of reading per week)
  • Daily meditation practice of 30 – 45 minutes
  • Journal
  • Completion of one written assignment

For those students who may want to conclude the course by making a personal commitment to embody the ethical principles covered in the course, a personal ceremony at the end of the course is offered that will acknowledge that commitment. This can be arranged with Michael and can happen one-on-one in another city if you attend a workshop with Michael.

How it works

You will receive login information for our Distance Learning Platform. A module will become available on the platform each Monday over the 10 weeks of the course, which includes a video to watch at your leisure and partner homework to be completed that week. Online calls are an optional component of the course (dates and times TBD). These chats will be recorded for those unable to participate.

We highly recommend signing up for this course WITH A PARTNER with whom you can meet regularly and study. If that’s not possible, we will do our best to assign you a partner.

Facilitated by Michael and Elaine Jackson.

Required reading

Preceptions (Download the pdf)
Yoga for a World Out of Balance by Michael Stone
Living with the Devil by Stephen Batchelor
Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson

Hear from the community

“This course had three pillars for me: the guiding instructional content, the weekly partner chats, and the weekly group chat. They all seemed to coalesce into a living, changing experience of the material. Everyone’s willingness to participate kept the course fresh and alive. I also really enjoyed meeting people from all over the world who are at different stages of life and practice.”

“The online course has given me the motivation I needed to really step into this practice. I already feel like this practice is in my heart, my attention, and my body. I was always resistant of taking vows, now I am very committed. It is challenging and hard work to be on this path, and this course was such a marvelous gift at showing me that it’s not supposed to be easy!”

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