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Elizabeth Faria and Jill Shepherd, with guest teachers Gregory Kramer and Anita Bermont offering two sessions each during the series.

The Buddha’s core teaching of the Four Noble Truths provides us with a holographic map of the journey to freedom. This is a journey, and like any journey, we need the right resources, equipment, maps and guides to reach our destination. Commencing 1 March 2023 Aust/NZ/Asia (28 February Americas), as we explore this path together, each stage will be supported by all Four Noble Truths, so no matter where we begin to engage with these teachings, the whole path is revealed.

Over the course of 20 sessions, we will use “wise reflection and the voice of another” to bring the transformative wisdom of the Four Noble Truths directly into our own lives. Each session may include some silent or guided meditation practice, a short dhamma reflection by the teacher, instruction in the Insight Dialogue guidelines and exploration of a range of contemplations. Contemplation topics may include, amongst others, themes such as:

  • Right View and our relationship to dukkha (unsatisfactoriness, stress, distress, suffering)
  • The Four Heavenly Messengers of old age, illness, death and the contemplative
  • Relational dukkha: interpersonal conflict and societal disharmony
  • Right Intention and the dynamics of clinging, craving and release
  • How freedom can be experienced here and now
  • Skillful qualities that support freedom: the seven awakening factors and the four brahmavihāra
  • Taking refuge in sangha and cultivation of spiritual friendship

The series theme is continuous over 20 sessions (2 x 1.5 hour sessions per month). After each 7 sessions, we will pause to consolidate the theme and Insight Dialogue guidelines, at which time, new participants may join.