Eight Awarenesses of the Enlightened Person: A Summer Ango Class Series, May 21-August 27
As part of our offering for Summer Ango 2023, we are happy to announce a class series on the Eight Awarenesses of the Enlightened Person, based on Dogen Zenji’s Hachidainingaku. The Eight Awarenesses are: Having few desires, Knowing how to be satisfied, Enjoying serenity and tranquility, Exerting meticulous effort, Not forgetting right thought, Practicing samadhi, Cultivating wisdom and Avoiding idle talk.
The course begins on May 21 and runs through August 27. It will meet every other Sunday morning (beginning May 21) from 8-9 AM for a total of 8 classes. The classes will take place online and be one hour long.
This class was inspired by the insightful discussion during January sesshin about “Having Few Desires” and “Knowing how to be Satisfied.” We will explore some history and scriptural references for the Eight Awarenesses. However, the bulk of the class will be exploring how these awarenesses play out in our contemporary lives – challenges, insights, transitions – all to support each other in living our Buddhist practice in the midst of our 21st century lives.
This class is for everyone. Practitioners of all levels and those who have not started a practice are equally welcome as this is truly about our navigation of the human path. It is understood that summer schedules can be busy; participants can attend as many classes as they are able. Each class will cover one of the awarenesses.
Cost of the class series is $40 for the eight classes. Participants will be expected to obtain a copy of The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment by Maezumi Roshi and Tetsugen Glassman Roshi. Register here by May 19.