Monday Night Insight Meditation

NEXT CLASS SERIES STARTS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25! Please note new starting date!
Register now. Space is limited.
“The Truth About the Buddha’s 4 Noble Truths”
5-Week Class, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23. 7-9 PM
Teacher: Carla Brennan
The Satellite,  6265 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018

EMAIL REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Space is limited. You are expected to attend at least 4 of the 5 sessions. (This is not a drop-in group.) Email Betsy Blessing at: gardenblessings@gmail.com. Please put “4 Noble Truths” in subject line.

The Four Noble Truths are the foundation of all the Buddha’s teachings. Legend says that they were the first guidance given after the Buddha awakened under the bodhi tree. However, the word “truth” may be misleading. These aren’t “truths” that you must believe in but rather they are a four-step framework explaining our shared human predicament. They describe a basic process for freeing ourselves from struggle, aggression and confusion. All of the many Buddhist teachings, all of the thousands of volumes written on Buddhism, all the meditative practices we engage in, lead back to illuminate one or more of the Four Noble Truths.

The Four Noble Truths are often compared to a physician’s diagnosis and treatment:
1. You identify the illness. Human suffering.
2. You find the cause. Habits of misunderstanding and conditioned reactivity.
3. You determine a cure. These habits can be undone.
4. You offer a prescription. The Eight-Fold Noble Path.

We will explore each of the “truths” and discover how they can guide us in our everyday life. Having a deep understanding of this framework can help you skillfully apply all the teachings and practices you learn. Then our confusion begins to unravel and reveal the innate wisdom of our original nature and the true freedom of our heart.

Each class will include instructions, meditation sessions, group discussion, Q & A. You will receive guided audio and readings weekly and be encouraged to meditate daily. This class is for both experienced and new students. Join us for the opportunity to practice together and to share our personal journey.

This is offered on a donation (dana) basis. No fee is charged. We have a suggested sliding scale of $60 – $200. However, more or less is gratefully accepted. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Non-monetary donations are also accepted. Donations are tax-deductible.

DIRECTIONS: The Satellite, 6265 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018.
It is between The White Raven and Don Quixote’s, across from New Leaf on Route 9 on the downtown strip of Felton. (www.thesatelliteinc.com). If you arrive before 7 PM there will be someone to let you in the front door of the Satellite. The doorway directly to our room is in the back of the building. If you arrive after 7 PM (after the meditation has started), you will need to walk to the back entrance and let yourself in. You can access the back area through a narrow alleyway between The White Raven and Chopstix Restaurant.

PARKING: There are about 6 parking spaces near the back entrance that are accessed from Gushee St. which runs parallel to Route 9. You can also park on Gushee St. (There are signs that say no parking but it is legal.) If you park on the Route 9 side and arrive before 7 pm, you can enter the front door of The Satellite.

HISTORY OF DHARMA IN FELTON: One of the earliest centers for Vipassana meditation in the West was in Felton (before Insight Meditation Center and Spirit Rock). The center was called the “Dharma Vihara” (Home of the Dharma) and started by Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Robert Hall and others.

NOTE TO THE SANGHAOut of consideration for those with allergies to chemicals and fragrances, Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation events are fragrance-free. Please respect your friends in the Dharma and refrain from using fragrances and scented products when you attend programs. A good resource for finding fragrance-free products: http://www.eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/fragrancefree.html.