Tuesday, February 3rd

For the first Tuesday of the new month we will continue our exploration of the 4 Noble Truths with a look at the Second Noble Truth. Please do your own research into this Noble Truth and bring that to the discussion. Here are the resources from last month:

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.

 

Tuesday, January 27th

Mike will facilitate a discussion on one of the essays in the The Karma of Questions collection by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, founder and abbot of Metta Forest Monastery outside San Diego, CA. In his email to the group Mike suggested:

For our discussion next Tuesday we can read the essay, “The Weight of Mountains.”  You can find it by scrolling down to page 42 of the document. If we all have a chance to read this essay, it could lead to a good 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.

Tuesday, January 13th

For next week we will begin to explore the teachings on The Law of Dependent Origination or the Twelve Links of Independent Co-Arising or…there are many names. It is a dense topic and there are many many writings about this topic as it a core teaching. Kathleen put together a set of links to material about this subject, this is an edited version of the email that she sent to the group.

Here is a Gil dharma talk, and this is a handout from Gil’s talk.

I liked these articles but they are surely not definitive.
Joseph Goldstein in Tricycle
Dependent Origination on about.com
The Twelve Links on about.com

And, there is an online version of Thich Nhat Hanh’s, The Heart of  the Buddha’s Teaching, which covers a lot of material including the Twelve Links.  You can find his analysis starting on page 121.

Please do your own research and find what speaks to you and share that with the group.  The best thing about group study is the variety of insights that members bring to the topic.

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.