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The Four Dharma Seals: Finding Freedom in the Here and Now

Online Program
Dates: Aug 23, 2023 - Sep 13, 2023

Instructor(s): Anam Thubten

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Course Description:

The four Dharma seals of Buddhism are principles, or philosophical parameters, that define the Buddhist path. They state that first, all compounded things are impermanent; second, all contaminated things are suffering; third, all phenomena are empty and devoid of self; and fourth, nirvana is the true peace. In Theravada Buddhism three dharma seals are often taught; whereas, in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition the four seals are taught. Anam Thubten will offer talks and guided meditations on the four seals to support participants in cultivating an experiential understanding of each seal. 

The four Dharma seals are not only principles of Buddhist doctrine but are also a living truth that is reflected in our everyday lives. The understanding of these seals provides insight into our human condition and allows us to cut through the very root of suffering and find freedom in the here and now. In this program, participants will not only study the theoretical aspects of these four seals but will learn how to enter into a deepened experience of them and apply their insights in daily life.

Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Meeting Time: Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 pm ET

Meeting Dates: August 23, 30, September 6, 13

Please note that sessions will be recorded and will be available within 48 hours of each session for courses and 48 hours of the final session for retreats and events. These recordings are not downloadable. Retreat recordings will be available for 2 weeks and event recordings will be available indefinitely.

Cancellation Policy:
Registration fees for online programs are nonrefundable after the program start date. Cancellations prior to the program start date will incur a $25 cancellation fee. For intensive, application-based programs, the cancellation fee is $50.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.