Community Education

Education for Everyone


Education for Everyone

University of the West is proud to offer classes and workshops to the wider community through Community Education.  Registration is easy and allows you access to real -time class sessions and/or online video lectures.

Community Education classes and lectures are provided on a no-credit basis.  If you are interested in taking a class for college credit, please register through OPEN ENROLLMENT»

Education in the Community (EIC)

University of the West partners with community organizations, training centers, and religious institutions to provide opportunities for learning and growth “in the community.” We are pleased to feature these courses offered through our community partners. These courses are often free and open to public—with the option of enrolling for a certificate of participation issued by UWest at minimal cost.

Meditation Training: Meditative Living 1

(in English & Vietnamese)

Venerable Chan Phap Tuyen

October 17 – December 2, 2023
(no class November 25)

Saturdays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: 16630 Canal Road, Valley Center, CA 92082

This class will introduce you to the basic steps of meditation and meditative living that will allow you to cultivate a deeper understanding of Buddhist teachings and how they may be applied to your everyday life.

  • Session type: Zoom online remote -or- in-person at above location
  • First class meeting: October 17, 2023
  • 7 sessions
  • Cost of attendance: free
  • Cost if you would like to receive a certificate of completion: $25

If you have questions about this course, please contact:

Enroll for a certificate:

CE-MED824 Nikaya Study Workshop II: Satipatthana-Samyutta
(connected discourses on the four foundations of mindfulness)

Venerable Paññādhikālaṅkāra

December 22 – December 28, 2023

Weekdays – Dhamma Talks on Special Topics Daily with Q&A/Discussions/Meditation
Dec 22 (Fri), Dec 25-28 (Mon – Fri), 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Weekends – Dhamma Talks and Meditation Practice
Dec 23-24 (Sat – Sun), 9:30am – 5:00pm

Location: UBEF, 14614 Palm Ave, Hacienda Heights, CA, 91745

This course will explore the Buddha’s essential teachings on cultivating mindfulness in daily life through a close study of the Satipatthana-samyutta. This profound early Buddhist text presents the four foundations of mindfulness which the Buddha described as the direct path to awakening. Participants will learn contemplative techniques for being fully present throughout ordinary activities like breathing, walking, eating, working, and sleeping. Daily meditation sessions will provide direct experience of the Buddha’s step-by-step methodology for using mindful awareness as a vehicle to spiritual liberation. Suited for both new and experienced practitioners.

– Session type: Online and in-person at above location
– First class meeting: December 22, 2023 – 7 sessions
– Cost of attendance: free
– Cost of attendance with certificate of completion: $25

If you have questions about this course, please contact: »