This program will be held online via Zoom. All registrants will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email.
Dependent Origination is one of the most practical and revelatory teachings of the Buddha. When first encountered, it may seem too complex or obscure for Dharma students to make use of in their everyday lives. In this practice group, we will learn just how accessible it is. Together, we will look directly at the practical everyday moments of struggle and freedom we experience and learn how to understand them as the Buddha did: in terms of Dependent Origination.
This teaching simplifies the answer to “Why am I suffering right now?” It describes a single-file line of dominos behind the each of the challenges and difficulties we face and shows us that those causes are not unique—they are universal! Learning to see our challenges as having universal causes rather than personal causes and allowing this understanding to inform our approach to life, brings us into alignment with the Dharma, and liberates the mind and heart.
“They who see dependent origination see the Dhamma; they who see the Dhamma see dependent origination.” Majjhima Nikaya 28.
In this practice group we will strengthen our ability to perceive the world clearly: in terms of what creates suffering and what we can do about it. Each week we’ll explore the many ways unnecessary suffering appears in our lives through the lens of this powerful teaching from the heart of the Buddhist tradition.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.
Full and partial scholarships are available.