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.