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2023 Practice Period Shuso's Class

  • Monday, January 23, 2023
  • 7:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, February 27, 2023
  • 8:30 PM (PST)
  • Classes: Online. (Workshop only: In Person at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship)

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The Heart of Buddha's Teaching

Please join Shuso Ikushun Desiree Webster as she guides us on a study of several of the fundamental teachings of the Buddha through the clear guidance and deep understanding of Thich Nhat Hanh and others. The classes will include a bit of flavor from the Plum Village Tradition including a few songs and gathas.

She will also offer some creative tools for exploring our practice including some “journal play” at our February 4th workshop (not for “artists” only!).

Required Text: The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh (either edition).

Schedule: Six Monday evenings January 23rd - February 27th from 7-8:30 pm plus a workshop Saturday on February 4th 10am-noon with potluck lunch to follow.

We encourage you to make a commitment to attend all or at least most classes so we can develop community around our dharma study

Schedule Details 

Note the schedule may vary organically depending on how discussions go. Evening classes are all on Zoom only, the Saturday Workshop is in person only.

  • January 23rd: Introduction and the four noble truths part 1 - read chapters 1-4
  • January 30th: The four noble truths part 2, a deeper look at suffering/well-being - read chapters 5-8
  • February 4th: Workshop. Note, meets IN PERSON Saturday 10-noon with potluck lunch to follow
  • February 6th: The Noble Eightfold Path part 1 - read chapters 9-16
  • February 13th: The Noble Eightfold Path part 1 - continues
  • February 20th: The Two Truths, The Three Dharma Seals (also called The Three Marks of Existence), and The Three Doors of Liberation 
    - read chapters 17-19
  • February 27th: The Two Truths, The Three Dharma Seals (also called The Three Marks of Existence), and The Three Doors of Liberation - continues

Resources

You'll find resources related to the class on the overall Practice Period Page.

Location. Note: All evening classes will be in our virtual zendo only, while the Saturday workshop will be in person only. For directions/instructions for each, see the Our Zendo page. When attending the in person workshop, please adhere to our Covid Safety Guidelines.

Registration: Registration is required. The fees help us cover the costs of administering this class - thank you for your support.

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