The Foundations of Buddhism: The Truth of the Origin of Suffering

January 7th

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This five-week course Jan. 7 - Feb. 4/ 2021 is an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on the origins of dissatisfaction and suffering. It also offers an introduction and exploration of Mindfulness of Feeling - one of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. There are no prerequisites for this course, and all are very welcome, regardless of their background!

The main talks will be pre-recorded by the senior teachers. Classes will include guided meditations, as well as group discussion and contemplative exercises.

When we recognize the truth of suffering and the confusion that is pervasive in our life, we naturally have questions. How does this state of suffering arise?  Where does confusion come from? If we’re inspired by these questions, our innate intelligence begins to explore the subtle layers of our experience, going deeper and deeper until we come to the heart of our being...

Each class will explore the Buddhist teachings on the “Five Skandhas” - the basic factors of experience from which we build a sense of self (i.e. form, feeling, perception, concepts, and consciousness). We will touch these layers of experience one by one, and see how we fabricate our own world from our projections.

Class 1: Introduction to the Second Noble Truth and how it relates to our construction of ourselves from the five skandhas of experience:

Class 2: Form and Feeling

Class 3: Perception

Class 4: Concepts

Class 5: Consciousness

There will be suggested readings from the following books:

Chögyam Trungpa, Glimpses of Abhidharma

Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

About the Teachers

Acharya Dale Asrael became a student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1973, and has continued to practice and teach within his lineage, leading programs and retreats internationally. She is a Professor at Naropa University, and leads the Naropa University Mindfulness Instructor Training, a year-long program for people teaching meditation in transitional environments.  

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell has been on the Shambhala and Buddhist path for 40 years, studying with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. His main interests are in opening the heart and senses through meditation and qigong and in bringing awareness to everyday life and the natural world.