Your Footsteps are the Path

Buddha's Teaching on Life and Suffering with Myoyu Roshi

November 2018 – April 2019. In this 12 session course, we will look at the Four Noble Truths (including the Eightfold Path), the fundamental teachings of the Buddha, as they unfold in our own lives. What kinds of suffering are we experiencing? How are we contributing to them? Is it possible to end or lessen this suffering and if so, how?

The class will meet about every two weeks for a hour and a half via online platform and in person at Great Plains Zen Center in Monroe. To accommodate everyone's schedule, there will be two sections --- one meeting Sundays from 1-2:30 and the other Wednesday evenings 7-8:30 PM. Participants can vary attendance (i.e. attending on a Sunday sometimes and a Wednesday at other times) according to their schedule. Attendance at all classes is not mandatory, however participants are asked to commit to the self-reflection assignments.

Dates for Section 1 (Sundays 1-2:30 PM):
Nov. 4 and 18, Dec. 2 and 16, Jan. 6 and 20, Feb. 3 and 17, Mar. 3 and 17, April 14 and 28.

Dates for Section 2 (Wednesday 7-8:30 PM):
Nov. 7 and 21, Dec. 12 and 19, Jan. 9 and 23, Feb. 6 and 20, Mar. 6 and 20, April 10 and 24.

Class periods will consist of some short talks by Myoyu Roshi, guided exercises and sharing. Participants will be encouraged to do the self-reflection assignments with as much self compassion and honesty as possible, but need only share in class what they feel comfortable with. The class will focus on helping each of us to see our life unfolding as the Eightfold Path. We will use The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering by Bikkhu Bodhi as the primary text, but will also draw on resources applying the Eightfold Path to addiction recovery. The course is applicable for everyone, as we all struggle with imbalances, cravings and addictions including those who are in recovery from substance abuse. All are welcome. Through our diversity of experiences and viewpoints, we can help each other.

The cost for the entire course is $75 for members, $90 for non-members.

To register, click here.