The Four Noble Truths, or the truths that make us noble, are the essence and foundation stone of the whole of the Buddhist teaching. They are the basis for practice towards liberation, and relevant as much to daily life situations as to formal spiritual or meditative practice. The first is the universal experience of dissatisfaction, the second the clinging that causes it, the third is the possibility of awakening, and fourth the path of liberation. In this course we will look at each one in depth, over several meetings, using examples from our daily life experiences. This will allow us to explore the obvious aspects, such as bodily and emotional pain for the first and sense of inner freedom for the third, and also the subtle aspects, such as the background sense of lack of peace (‘samsara’) for the first and the sublime nature of awakening (‘nibbana’) for the third. The course will include guided meditation practice, talks, exercises, inquiry and discussion, as well as reading and keeping a journal. A few examples of the topics: how our attitude to pain and difficulty can be radically changed and bring relief; how to recognise and appreciate moments of daily life awakening; letting go of difficult memories, patterns and habits; emotional pain as raw material for insight; ordinary magic; being the master of speech, thought and action, not their slave; relationships as a field for transformation; allowing things to be what they are; how to surrender into the ocean and not drown.
Who Can Join the Course?
This course is only for those with some previous experience in the dharma. It is opento anyone that has already participated in a one year course at Cabri or Clil with Stephen. New participants should have sat a meditation retreat and been involved inthe dharma for years.
1. The meetings will be from 5.00 -9.00 pm on Mondays, approximately everytwo weeks.
2.Starting 20/10/2014 and ending in July 2015
The meetings will be at Mashiv Nefesh in Clil. For directions see: www.mnclil.wordpress.com
3. There will be a registration fee of 400 shekels that will pay for the hall andrefreshments and other expenses for the whole year course.
4. Support for the teaching is given on a dana basis, that is on the basis of mutual generosity.
5. To register: firstname.lastname@example.org