Mindfulness Deep Dive

The Ten Perfections

This deep-dive program will explore our relationship to the ten perfections through nature based mindfulness practices.

Starts: Mar 16, 2024

Times: Saturdays 9 – 11 am PT

Sliding Scale: $108 – $280

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The Art of Mindfulness

In this extended format program, we will come together as a community to take a deep dive look into the mindfulness concept – The Ten Perfections also known as the Parimis. Each month, we explore a new “Perfection” and look to turn our nature based mindfulness practice to understanding each concept deeply.

The Ten Perfections

The Ten Perfections, or paramis, are a set of qualities that are often described as some of the most useful meditation teachings for bringing the practice and benefits of mindfulness into everyday life. The perfections are a list of qualities that you can develop in any daily life situation from your formal meditation practice to your daily life at work or at home. They include generosity, virtue, renunciation, discernment, patience, persistence, truthfulness, determination, goodwill, and equanimity.

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Participant Commitment

Participants are asked to commit to practicing the mindfulness meditation concepts throughout each month. Please attend the 10 online class sessions during the year. You should maintain a regular meditation practice and commit to exploring each concept in your daily lives.

Program Format

∗ 2-hour Zoom class each month with the instructor

∗ Presentations on the 10 perfections

∗ Photography presentations

∗ Guided meditation sits

∗ Question and answer sessions with the teacher

∗ Monthly emails with written reflections on the perfections

Zoom Sessions

You will join a live-broadcast, teacher-led course where we gather on Zoom video each month for a 2-hour teaching on the mindfulness concepts of the 10 perfections. Each class will include a talk on the perfection for that month, a presentation on how to practice with this concept for the month, and guided meditations for an experiential session of practicing with the perfection in meditation.

Dates and Times

Saturdays, 9 – 11 am Pacific on the following dates: March 16, April 20, May 18, June 22, July 13, August 17, September 14, October 19, November 16, and December 14


Each class will be recorded and the recording will be made available after class.

The Ten Perfections

March 16: Welcome & Generosity

The practice of selfless giving and generosity to others without attachment or expectation of reward.

April 20: Ethical Self-Discipline

Upholding moral and ethical principles, living a virtuous life guided by right conduct and mindfulness.

May 18: Renunciation of Attachment

Cultivating a spirit of detachment and letting go of worldly attachments to achieve spiritual liberation.

June 22: Wisdom

Developing discernment and understanding, gaining insight into the true nature of reality and the path to liberation.

July 13: Perseverance

Cultivating diligent and persistent effort in the pursuit of wholesome and virtuous actions.

August 17: Patience

Enduring adversity and challenges with patience and forbearance, without resentment or frustration.

September 14: Truthfulness

Adhering to truthfulness in speech and action, aligning one’s life with the principles of honesty and sincerity.

October 19: Resolution

Developing unwavering resolve and determination to achieve spiritual goals and overcome obstacles.

November 16: Loving Kindness

Cultivating boundless love and goodwill towards all beings, promoting compassion and empathy.

December 14: Equanimity & Conclusion

Cultivating a balanced and equanimous mind, maintaining composure and tranquility in the face of both favorable and unfavorable circumstances.

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Gary Sharlow

About the Teacher: Gary Sharlow

Gary has been working and teaching in the fields of conservation photography, wildlife ecology, and mindfulness meditation since 2001. He has previously taught nature-based photography workshops while managing conservation programs for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. He has been practicing mindfulness since 2010 and has supported community meditation offerings at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, New York Insight, Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center, and Awake in the Wild.

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