Tuesday, January 6th

For the first Tuesday of the new year we will take our back to the basics series all the way back to the first teaching of the Buddha, to start an exploration of the 4 Noble Truths with a look at the First Noble Truth. Please do your own research into this Noble Truth and bring that to the discussion. To launch the expedition, here are a couple of resources:

This is a link to the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion as translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu on Access to Insight – there are links to other translations on this page.

For a different take on this teaching, consider this quote from Stephen Batchelor Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

The Four Noble Truths are pragmatic rather than dogmatic. They suggest a course of action to be followed rather than a set of dogmas to be believed. The four truths are prescriptions for behavior rather than descriptions of reality. The Buddha compares himself to a doctor who offers a course of therapeutic treatment to heal one’s ills. To embark on such a therapy is not designed to bring one any closer to ‘the Truth’ but to enable one’s life to flourish here and now, hopefully leaving a legacy that will continue to have beneficial repercussions after one’s death.

The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:15 discussion
7:15 – 7:30 sitting

The sitting takes place at BIBS – location in the sidebar.

 

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Tuesday, December 16th

Once again we approach the third Tuesday of the month and so next week we will be sitting, walking and sitting – the evening will be silent. This will be a night of winter walking so the group mind will respond appropriately to the moment. As of now, no discussion is planned so no reading… The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:00 walking
7:00 – 7:30 sitting

We meet at BIBS – location in the sidebar.

 

Tuesday, December 9th

This next Tuesday we will bring our (not in the normal sequence) exploration of the paramitas to the final paramita – dhyana or jhana, which is usually translated as meditation or concentration. (Just to make things more confusing, some teachings talk about the paramita of samadhi or meditative concentration.)

This is a link to a series of talks from a retreat that focuses on the Paramitas at Insight Retreat Center with Gil Fronsdal and Paul Haller.   The first talk is a short introduction to the paramitas and then there are talks on each paramita.

Please do your own research into this paramita and bring that to the discussion.

The schedule is:

6:00 – 6:30 sitting
6:30 – 7:15 discussion
7:15 – 7:30 sitting

The sitting takes place at BIBS – location in the sidebar.