The path to freedom laid out by the Buddha is a very holistic one, comprising ethical action, meditative development and wisdom. Although the Buddha emphasised the importance of developing all three of these aspects together, meditation practice is often given the most importance and the other two aspects are sometimes overlooked.
During this six-week course, we will explore the Noble Eightfold Path as a comprehensive training to integrate dharma understanding into our daily lives. This integration then supports the deepening of insight and wisdom, which in turn, refines our capacity to live skillfully in the world, with greater ease and freedom.
Each two-hour class will include a short dharma talk, some silent meditation practice, and time for small group discussion. During the six weeks of the course, you will be invited to maintain (or establish) a regular sitting practice and keep a practice journal, to help inform the discussion during each meeting.
At the end of the course series, there will be an opportunity to sit a seven-day insight meditation retreat at the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, which will help to integrate and deepen understanding of the meditation factors of the Noble Eightfold Path.
Time and dates:
Five Saturday afternoons 2:00-4:00 pm Saturday 14 January – 11 February and one Friday evening 7:00-9:00 pm 17 February 2017
Location: Buddhist Library, 90-92 Church St Camperdown Sydney NSW 2050
Cost: $50 + dana*
*The registration fee covers only the cost of venue hire, administration and booking fees.
In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered on a dana basis which means the teacher is not paid to offer this workshop. Instead, they rely on the generosity of the participants to help them continue to share their teachings with others, and there will be an opportunity at the end of each class to offer donations to support their ongoing teaching.