Online class: The Noble Eightfold Path

9/4/2010, 9:00am - 12/11/2010, 5:00pm at

This class explores the Eightfold Path, one of the most fundamental teachings of the Buddha and the fourth of the Four Noble Truths. The eightfold path describes the elements of ethical conduct (Sila): Right Speech, Right Action and Right Livelihood; the elements of concentration (Samadhi): Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration; and the elements of wisdom (Prajna): Right Thought and Right Understanding. In this class, we look at these teachings from the Mahayana standpoint (including the Zen tradition) as well as the traditional formulations described in the Pali Canon.

The class, which was also offered in spring, 2010, includes online readings, discussion, and assignments, allowing us to explore our own disharmonies, within and without, with the help of this ancient and comprehensive teaching and respectful sharing and feedback from others in the course. Spring, 2010 participants described the course as “transformational,” and providing clarity and encouragement for ongoing practice. One participant, who was new to practice, commented that “My faith in the path I have chosen has increased many times by participating in the class. I really, really appreciate the opportunity.”

In order to give participants more time to read and reflect on the materials and participate in the discussions and assignments, a new topic–with lectures and readings–will be presented every two weeks. The class will begin on Saturday, September 4 and continue through Saturday, December 11, 2010.

The $45 cost includes the entire eight-class sequence. Please register before the first class and plan to participate through all eight, if possible. To enroll in the course, please create an account at the course-hosting site Once you have created and confirmed your account, you will be able to enroll in the course using PayPal. (You do not need a PayPal account—just a credit or debit card.) If your financial situation prevents you from paying the fee for this course, you may apply for a scholarship. Simply explain your need in an email to the Abbot. Please note that scholarships are limited.

For further information, please call 608-325-6248.