The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri- Online

with Judi Soule

September 15th—October 13th

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  • $65.00 Sustaining
  • $75.00 Patron
Room: Zoom Online

The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri 

Beginning September 15, Tuesday, for 5 weeks. 6:30-8:30.

Led by Judi Soule. 1st in a year-long series on the Hinayana called Foundations of Freedom: The Hinayana.

This is a video class with discussions held with the local group, facilitated by Judi Soule. The class will include sitting meditation, video and class discussion. Supplemental readings will be provided.

Teachers for the video series: Acharya Susan Chapman and Acharya Fleet Maull 

This course offers an exploration of the nature of suffering from the perspective of the Four Marks of Existence–Impermanence (anicca), Suffering (dukkha), Selflessness (anatta) and Nirvana/Peace (nibbana)–and how we can meet suffering with maitri (unconditional friendliness).  The acharyas will also guide students in the exploration and practice of Mindfulness of Body, the first of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. 


The suffering of samsaric existence is the blameless first noble truth. Such suffering is changing and impermanent and arises from infinite causes and conditions. It feels intensely personal (mine), and, in fact, is one of the bases we use to craft our identity (me and my problems), which is called “mistaking what has no self for a self”. This desynchronized state generates constant underlying fear and anxiety. When we recognize the reality of our existence as it truly is (impermanent, suffering, not mine, and without self-entity), we can experience the peace of nirvana.

 

All are welcomed.

The link will be sent out to those who register the week of the program.

 

This class is the first in a series that will run throughout the coming year entitled:

Foundations For Freedom: The Hinayana

In the spirit of  “returning to square one”–a favorite expression of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, a group of Acharyas were inspired to offer to the community an in-depth study of the foundational Buddhist teachings of the Hinayana.

This year-long program will provide a thorough and extensive exploration of the Hinayana path drawing on teachings from the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, other prominent teachers and classic sources. The emphasis will be on cultivating maitri or friendliness to oneself, and on the Shambhala teachings of basic goodness, gentleness and bravery–allowing us to meet the modern human condition with warriorship and dignity.

The Four Noble Truths are used as the overall organizing principle, with the Four Foundations of Mindfulness interwoven to provide a meditative method for embracing the totality of our basically good experience—including pain and suffering—as our practice and working basis.

As the Vidyadhara said: “Never forget the Hinayana!”