The Four Noble Truth
The Key to Happiness and Satisfaction
June - 6
This is an introductory course
While we tend not to want to think or talk about suffering, it is in fact a part of life. Whether we like it or not, we will experience sickness, old age, and death, along with many other problems of varying intensity including dissatisfaction, loss, changing relationships, and so forth. Unless we understand the nature and causes of our suffering, we can never hope to eliminate it. To show us the path to lasting happiness, the Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths—the foundation and essence of all forms of Buddhism. The first truth diagnoses the nature of our existential illnesses and neuroses. The second explores their causes and conditions for arising. The third shows that the causes of our problems can be removed and that we can be free of suffering. The fourth includes the many paths Buddhism offers to realize that goal. The Buddha has shown that the spiritual path is uncomplicated and totally pragmatic.
This course explores the Four Noble Truths in detail, looking at the nature of the mind, karma, emptiness, and ways of freeing oneself from suffering.
It will help you to understand that it is your own mind that creates your suffering and dissatisfaction, and likewise that it is your own mind that can put an end to the suffering.
Course Date: June 2 - 6
Course Leader: Geshe Losang Sherab
Course Cost: 90 US$
The Course Teacher:
Geshe Losang Sherab is a senior monk at Kopan monastery. He completed his geshe degree (doctor of philosophy) in 2010, and is now teaching the Monastery monks. He has been teaching Western students for some years and presents the Dharma in an appropriately humourous and meaningful way for modern students.
The course is presented in English.