Saturday 6th July
This class will be a mixture of teaching, discussion, short periods of practice and tea breaks that will give us the chance to meet each other.
This is the fourth in a series of Saturday classes (6th April, 4th May, 1st June, 6th July) which cover a mixture of teaching, discussion, periods of practice and tea breaks. The topics will cover the more general questions people have about Buddhism, reviewing some of the core teachings of the Theravada tradition, and covering those maps that can help one to navigate through the territory of the awakening process.
Participants may attend any or all of the talks.
The subjects covered will include the following:
We will discuss some of the more general questions people have about this approach to the Buddhist tradition, such as:
What is mindfulness?
Did the Buddha teach there is no self?
Did the Buddha teach life is suffering?
Did the Buddha teach breath meditation?
Is this a religion?
What is happiness?
Am I enlightened?
What a Buddha knows.
We will review some of the core teachings of the tradition, such as:
The three refuges.
The three characteristics of existence.
The meaning of the idea of ‘cessation’.
The role of silence in life.
We will cover the maps that can help us navigate through the territory of the awakening process, such as:
The seven factors of enlightenment.
The four foundations of mindfulness.
The five spiritual powers.
Image: Buddha – probably Akshobhya © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Theravada Buddhism in Totnes, Devon.
Based on the contemplative skills of the Thai Forest tradition
Golden Buddha Centre, The Grove, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5EP