with Sydney Hall & Beverly Feldt
Five Tuesdays, October 16-November 13, 6-8 p.m.
Many attended the Buddha’s discourse that day. Most came out of curiosity rather than a desire to learn anything. But several of them felt their hearts suddenly illuminated when they heard the Buddha speak. Others saw in him a worthy opponent who challenged their own beliefs. - Thich Nhat Hanh
The Buddha's Footsteps is a five-week book study group based on Old Path, White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh. Through the eyes of the Buddha himself and Svasti, the buffalo boy, Thich Nhat Hanh gently weaves together the 80 year life and teachings of Guatama Buddha. Old Path, White Clouds contains the foundational teachings of the Hinayana Buddhist path, offering an approachable and understandable introduction to the Sutras, the oral teachings of the Buddha.
Each class will begin with mindfulness-awareness meditation instruction and practice. We will take the time to sit and simply be together, to look deeply into the present moment. The heart of each gathering will include a discussion of the week's readings, with an opportunity to explore the Buddha's teachings in pairs, small groups, and the full circle. The text is divided into three books, and this five-week study group will focus on Book One, uncovering the treasures of mindfulness as we go. Everyone is encouraged to bring questions, ideas, concerns, and curiosities to the group each week. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming of everyone’s experience.
Level: Everyone is welcome, including beginners and advanced practitioners.
Registration: Early registration is recommended to save your space and it also helps the staff plan for the program. Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Note: Copies of Old Path, White Clouds will be available for purchase at the class.
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested donation is an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email and plan to pay at class. Thank you!
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala.