The Problem, Cause, Goal, and Solution: Four Worthy Steps towards Acceptance and Peace with David Simmons
Five Sessions: 20 September, 27 September, 4 October, 11 October and 18 October
At a time when so much seems to be in disarray, there is possibly no better time to explore this foundational wisdom. It's certainly not that we have more problems now than any other time. But since we are living NOW, now is in fact the PERFECT time to learn or be reminded of one of the most elegant and functional ways of dealing with our current circumstances. I hope you will join us for the adventure.
The “Four Noble Truths,” outline fundamental truths about reality. They encapsulate the Buddha’s teaching, and offer a universally applicable structure for a profoundly practical way of living.
1) Recognize the GROUND TRUTH of change.
2) Analyze the cause of our problems with change.
3) Recognize an alternative to how we experience suffering as a result of change.
4) Provide a method for navigating change with acceptance and peace.
Topics include: “What is Meant by ‘Life is Suffering,’” “Discontentment, Craving, and Attachment,” “The Goal of Contentment and Peace,” and “Methods for Attaining the Goal.”
Benefits of the Course:
• Establish a firm foundation for a spiritual practice that leads to freedom from suffering
• Identify areas of unhappiness and discontent in your life and learn how to transform them
• Uncover the real cause of all forms of suffering
• Recognize that there is an alternative to perpetual dissatisfaction
• Learn practical methods for defeating the “mental afflictions” and obtaining true peace and happiness
Based on selections from the Buddha’s Turning of the Wheel of Dharma Sutra (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta), Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, the Bhagavad Gita, the Ashtavakra Gita, and the Bible, and many other sources.
It's not too late to join the whole two-year study. All sessions are recorded for you to visit again and again. Register Here.
Taught by senior students of Lama Marut, the CLASSICAL TEXTS AND AUTHENTIC PRACTICES curriculum offers a progressively unfolding, comprehensive course of study in the wisdom and practical application of Eastern spirituality as it pertains to modern life. Based on Lama Marut’s original translations and relevant, applicable interpretations of the Sanskrit classics of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Yogic traditions, these courses cover a wide range of teachings and practices from an inclusive, comparative, and non-sectarian point of view. They are designed to provide an in-depth, systematic, and coherent foundation and overall framework for any serious spiritual practitioner -- from beginners to experienced teachers, regardless of one’s religious affiliation or the lack thereof.
Each course consists of six weekly interactive online classes, including lecture and discussion as well as guided meditations led by the course facilitator. Each class also includes an easily applicable and effective practice designed to integrate the teachings into daily life. You'll have an opportunity to discuss, interact, and share your thoughts, reactions, and experiences of the material covered.
The curriculum as a whole is comprised of twelve courses to be taught over two years. When taken together, these stand-alone courses constitute an extensive course of study in the classical scriptures and principal practices of Eastern spirituality. Participants are, however, welcome to register for any one, several, or all of these interrelated yet self-contained course offerings. Recorded content is available for each module upon completion -- it's never too late to sign up!
Lama Marut (a.k.a. Dr. Brian K. Smith) had been immersed in the Sanskrit classics of Eastern spirituality for over forty-five years until his recent passing in October 2019. He held a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and taught for twenty-five years in the academic world before retiring in 2004. For the past twenty years he offered classes, mentored students, and led spiritual retreats for practitioners around the world. In addition to his academic books, he was the author of the popular and award-winning book, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life and of Be Nobody (both published by Beyond Words). The CLASSICAL TEXTS AND AUTHENTIC PRACTICES represents the culmination of a lifetime’s study and spiritual practice.