Taste of Buddhist Basics: A Three Part Summer Series

with Thomas Gaylord, Janet Bass, Ben Hines

July 8th—July 22nd

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  • $95 Program Price
  • Per session, $35 each
Please join us for one, two, or three Monday nights in July to study and explore foundational Buddhist teachings.  Each night will focus on a different topic with a different teacher.  
July 8th, The Four Noble Truths, with Tom Gaylord.
July 15th, The Four Reminders, with Janet Bass
July 22nd, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, with Ben Hines
In offering this Taste of Buddhist Basics, we are hoping to assess the overall interest in traditional Buddhist teachings and gain a sense of what we might offer next.  This series will be open to all.  It is a time for the whole community to study, learn, and appreciate the Dharma together.  We hope to see you there.

Full program cost: $95
Cost per night: $35
A brief description for each Monday night follows: 
July 8th “The Four Noble Truths”  with Tom Gaylord
Soon after his enlightenment, the Buddha gave his first teachings. He presented the eightfold path and the four noble truths, a set of teachings now called the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. Over the years, he returned to the four noble truths often: the truth of suffering, the cause of suffering, the cessation of suffering, and the path of liberation.
In this class we will talk about suffering, and how we might relate to it. Optional reading and excellent additions to your library could include:
"The Truth of the Suffering and the Path of Liberation", by Chogyam Trungpa
"A Life of the Buddha”, by Sherab Chodzin Kohn
July 15th "The Four Reminders”   with Janet Bass
These teachings are designed to help us "turn our mind to the dharma", and are often used at the beginning of practice, to help us to approach it with a view of four qualities or circumstances that are intricately a part of being  human.
The four reminders are:  
Precious Human Birth: life is precious, so what do we do with it?
Impermanence/Death: life is short and nothing lasts.
Karma:  what we do and how we act matter.
The Faults of Samsara:  going in circles is pointless; wake up!
We will explore these teachings from the traditional understanding and then will discuss how this view impacts our lives today.
July 22nd "The Four Foundations of Mindfulness” with Ben Hines
The four foundations of mindfulness, presented most prominently in the Satipatthana Sutra, is the Buddha’s fundamental teaching on meditation. Common to all Buddhist traditions, it is a systematic guide to practicing mindfulness in progressive stages. 
The four Foundations of Mindfulness are:
Mindfulness of Body
Mindfulness of Life
Mindfulness of Effort
Mindfulness of Mind
In this class we will explore these teachings and how to relate to them in our everyday life.  We will see how all humans are by birth and nature equipped with the means to realize a good human life, manifesting decency and sanity when difficulty inevitably arises.
Prerequisites: None
Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison Street, Seattle
Contact? Sydney Munger at [email protected].