Owing to a family emergency this course has been postponed for one week - it now begins Tuesday April 5 (changed from March 29)
4 Tuesday evenings, 7pm to 8:30pm - now meeting on Zoom with the possibility of some "hybrid" sessions later in the course (in person and zoom) if there is enough interest.
Buddhism is a vision of human existence. It is also a practical guide that we can apply to every aspect of our lives. Meditation and buddhist principles, practiced together, bring us closer to our direct experience, dissolving our misperceptions to reveal the boundless potential and precious opportunity of life.
Central to Buddhist practice is a deep desire to understand suffering and the means to end suffering; to discover the "magic of the ordinary"; and to live in harmony with ourselves and those around us.
This introductory course aims to bring us closer to the principles of buddhist practice and experience its liberating potential.
What you will learn:
- Introduction: what buddhist traditions have in common
- The relevance of the historical Buddha for us today
- The Buddha's teachings
- The Four Noble Truths: suffering, cause of suffering, cease of suffering, Noble Eightfold Path
- Three marks of human existence.
- Buddhist meditation - why meditation is important in Buddhism, and how Buddhist principles help us go deeper with meditation.
- Working with the transformation of difficult emotions and perceptions.
There will also be time to discuss topics that arise during the course.
The course is informal, interactive, and friendly, and is open to anyone interested in Buddhism for its own sake, or as a means to support and deepen meditation practice.
Please register by Monday March 28 to receive the zoom link.
To register: enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Suggested donation is $120 to $90. Donations are very much appreciated but if you are experiencing financial difficulties please feel free to enter a lower amount or enter 0 and click 'pay later' on the payment page. (If you don't click "pay later" the registration may not go through.)