August 2018

12Aug9:00 AM5:00 PMFully Understanding DukkhaExploring the First Noble Truth9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Ajahn Karunadhammo No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Sliding Scale: Dana Day (by Donation) – $0 – 108. Please bring your lunch. Code AK1G18.

The first step toward liberation is acknowledging and fully understanding the noble truth of dukkha (suffering, unsatisfactoriness). We will explore different kinds of dukkha, which kinds we are able to impact, and ways to frame and express skillful responses that lead to the ending of dukkha. We can use the experience of dukkha to develop the strength and skill to end dukkha rather than repetitively reinforcing it.

There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dhamma reflections, and time for discussion and questions.

Lunch: Please bring lunch and, if you wish, food to offer the monks. As in the time of the Buddha, the Abhayagiri monks do not grow or buy food and are completely dependent on donations of food. The monastics eat one main meal a day in late morning and monastic regulations require that they finish by midday. Offering food to the monastics during the daylong provides an opportunity to participate in the tradition. Other donations are also gratefully accepted for Abhayagiri Monastery, though are by no means required. You can request a current list of needed items by contacting the monastery at (707) 485-1630.

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