Tuesday, March 3rd

For the first Tuesday of the new month we will continue our exploration of the 4 Noble Truths with a look at the Third Noble Truth. Please end your suffering and bring your reflections on that experience to the discussion.

You might also like to consider what it might feel like in your body to be free of suffering. How will you know that your suffering has ceased? When do you feel like that now?

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.

And this is a discussion of the 4 Noble Truths in daily life.

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, February 24th

Next Tuesday we will be returning to the Metta Sutta – the Buddha’s words on Loving-Kindness. Two weeks ago our discussion was mostly about metta as an intention to be generous towards other people – the ‘May all beings be happy’ line is a good example of this aspect of the sutta.

There is another strand in the sutta that suggests ways that we might work with our greed and ambition, for example:

I will be … easily contented and joyous.
I will not be submerged by the things of the world.
I will not take upon myself the burden of riches.
… I will not desire great possessions even for my family.

Please think about these parts of the sutta and bring your insights to the group.

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, February 10th

Next Tuesday we will be discussing the Metta Sutta – the Buddha’s words on Loving-Kindness. Here is a pdf of my favourite translation.

This sutta is frequently chanted by buddhist sanghas, and like many religious teachings I find it rather daunting when I take the time to think about the words.

There are other translations and commentaries online so 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.