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Buddhist Living:
Embodying Love & Wisdom

8 Week Program ~ In-Person


This course is essentially an answer to the question, “how does one live like a Buddhist in a life of 21st-century responsibilities, relationships, and challenges?” 


It will approach Buddhism not as a religion, an academic textbook, or a set of stripped-down secular practices, but rather as a well-rounded path for how to live well. You’ll learn the core philosophies, meditation techniques, and behavioral practices, focusing mostly on “trying it out in your daily life” and “seeing for yourself what happens.”

The course content will revolve around the two main teachings in Buddhism: the Four Noble Truths & the Noble Eightfold Path. 


We’ll also explore things like:

  • How your speech, consumption choices, sexual conduct, livelihood, and other “everyday actions” are just as important as meditation for developing genuine well-being.

  • How to develop and maintain love & non-reactivity amidst the challenges of daily life.

  • How to sink your teeth into the deeper wisdom teachings in a way that’s practical & brings genuine peace, including the teachings on not-self, impermanence, and craving = suffering, among others.

  • How all the pieces of Buddhism fit together, including the teachings on generosity, ethical conduct (i.e. the five precepts), the sublime attitudes (i.e. loving-kindness, appreciative joy, compassion, and equanimity), mindfulness of body+mind+feelings, various meditative techniques, karma, suffering, impermanence, and, ultimately, how all these work together to lead us into liberation.

Fall Schedule 2023

Space is limited so we recommend registering early!


Monday Evenings from 6:45-8:45pm PT

Class 1: October 30

Class 2: November 6

Class 3: November 13

Class 4: November 20

Class 5: November 27

Class 6: December 4

Class 7: December 11

Class 8: December 18


Pause Studio® (downtown PDX, see map)

Cost & Commitment:

This course is offered on the "gift economy" – please see below.

Instructor: David Sudar (read bio)

  This course is SOLD OUT!  

​  We highly recommend joining the waitlist as we may be able to open up additional spaces.  

Course Notes

The course sessions will include a mixture of short lectures, small & large group discussions, guided meditation, and journaling exercises. There will also be optional but highly recommended between-week readings, reflections, and guided meditations. Attendance will be capped in order to ensure a community feel.


People of all backgrounds are welcome & respected, including atheists, Christians, the spiritually curious, longtime Buddhists, and everyone in between. Just come with an open mind!

Cost & Commitment

In staying in integrity with the 2,600-year-old Buddhist tradition, this course will be offered on the “gift economy;” aka on donation, as a practice of mutual giving and receiving!

As donation-based offerings are a bit foreign in our culture, we request that you read over this article on how to think about the financial part of donation-based courses. We trust that whatever you donate will be the perfect amount. No one will be turned away or judged for lack of funds.

Also, just as importantly, offered-on-donation doesn’t mean “come when you feel like it” or “only participate halfway.” While of course life happens and you may have to miss a week or two, we request that you make a genuine commitment to showing up and doing the practices – that’s the only real way to turn these teachings from a good idea into something that truly makes a difference in your life.

*Note that the registration software requires we put in a high and low amount for the cost; however, as described above, you are 100% welcome to donate whatever you feel called to :) 

David Bio

About the Instructor

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Meet David Sudar

A former Buddhist monk, David Sudar completed an intensive 21 month Vipassana meditation retreat in Myanmar with his core teacher, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and continues to spend 1-2 months a year on silent retreat. He currently works as a meditation & Buddhist teacher, regularly teaching with the 10% Happier App, Pause Meditation & the Path of Sincerity Sangha.


David also holds a B.A. in Psychology, has completed a two-year training in Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Somatic Psychotherapy, and often weaves into his teaching his studies of Zen Buddhism, Classical Yoga, and over 4 years spent across 25+ countries. In both his work and personal life, his great passion is integrating ancient wisdom traditions with the realities of modern life.

What People Are Saying About This Course

David’s class was amazing and so insightful. David did a great job of distilling the sometimes complicated Buddhist teachings into a useable and organized format. For the first time, I’ve been able to apply the knowledge to my own life, with an understanding of how to create an ongoing practice for myself.  


– Krista A.

As someone new to Buddhism, I found the style of teaching and the way the class was structured to be very effective. I also gained from the comments and questions from my classmates.  


– Anonymous

David’s guidance has been life-changing for me. His ability to explain the teachings and practice in a simple but powerful way has allowed me to see the dharma come to life on & off the cushion. 


– Bill Q.

David is a well-trained, kind, and wise teacher. He is an experienced teacher who delivers excellent content, above and beyond support, and cares about being helpful to his students. 


– Sophie P.

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We'd love to talk with you.

Phone: 503.343.4831

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