Segment 1: Silent Meditation & Teachings on the Two Truths
We start the morning with an opportunity to let go of the activity of the week and drop in to prepare our mind.
The Buddha acknowledged that we suffer in this life and that it is possible to end that suffering. An essential teaching that makes it possible for us to recognize and experience the freedom of not being at the mercy of each wave of life experience is the teaching of the Two Truths: conventional/relative truth, the way things appear to be and genuine/ultimate truth, the way things truly are.
When we develop an understanding of the process of action and result and become familiar with our mind’s habitual tendencies and begin to see its true nature, the denseness of our everyday experience begins to lighten and the space in which we hold and understand our experience infinitely expands.
An understanding of the simultaneity of the Two Truths allows us to fully embrace, engage with and experience this human life with all its joys and sorrows while simultaneously recognizing it all to be the illusory play of awakened mind, wisdom and compassion.
In this course, we will progressively deepen our understanding by exploring the Two Truths in the context of each of the Buddhist philosophical schools. Each class will include silent meditation, inquiry and discussion, and guidance for how to allow the teachings to steep in your experience between classes, becoming a lived understanding.
Segment 2: Guided Tonglen Meditation
We let go of our conceptual understanding of the teachings and experience them directly through meditation.