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The Way to the Far Shore: A Sutta Contemplation Retreat

Online Program
Dates: Jun 02, 2023 - Jun 04, 2023

Instructor(s): Leigh Brasington

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Course Description:

This program will take an in-depth look at the 16 suttas found in Sutta Nipata Book V. Many scholars believe these discourses were composed early in the development of Buddhism, prior to the inevitable institutionalization of the tradition. These suttas are presented as conversations in which the Buddha addresses questions posed by learned brahmins, for example: "Where do mind-and-body completely cease?" "Who here in the world is content?"; "What is the origin of dukkha?"; and "How should one view the world so the King of Death does not see one?" Together, we will explore these questions and the Buddha’s responses, as well as other themes such as old age and death, dukkha, craving, sensuality, quenching, nothingness, and awakening. This weekend will include time for sitting meditation, careful reading and interpretation of the text, dharma talks, and opportunities for questions and reflections.

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:

Friday, June 2

7:30-9:00 pm ET

Saturday, June 3

11:30 am-1:00 pm ET

2-3:30 pm ET

4:30-6:00 pm ET

7:30-9:00 pm ET

Sunday, June 4

11:30 am -1:00 pm ET

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.