“Our universe is made up of things and events. Some of these may be pure fantasies or simply not exist, but the vast majority exist and function, and at one level, we are unmistaken in how we perceive them. That is conventional truth. At a more subtle level however, we fail to see the way they come into existence due to causes and conditions and the way we erroneously ascribe to them a concrete reality. The mode of existence of phenomena at this deeper ‘ultimate’ level is ultimate truth. Narrowing the gap between how things appear to exist and how they actually exist is the focus of this [course].” Geshe Tashi Tsering
It’s often said that the Buddha taught just two things: suffering and the end of suffering.That’s something we can all relate to – we all want to be free from suffering, and to experience a deep, lasting and reliable happiness. In this course we examine the philosophical foundations of the Buddha’s teachings on just how it is possible to be free from suffering once and for all. It’s a radical teaching, and one that takes some getting our heads around. But surely a worthwhile goal.
Join us as we continue our study of Geshe Tashi’s popular Foundation of Buddhist Thought course. This is the second module in the course, but all are welcome, whether you have studied the previous module or not.
The classes, each lasting two hours, will consist of a presentation of ideas, lively discussion and meditation. we will be basing the classes on the book, Relative Truth, Ultimate Truth by Geshe Tashi. Students will need their own copy to read each chapter ahead of the class. We have a few for sale (at a reduced price) in our own bookshop. This term’s course will be led by Lynne Knight.
N.B. It is possible to study the Foundation of Buddhist Thought in more depth, adding richness to the fortnightly classes with extra guided meditations and online support with questions and a final review, following the outlines of the very successful online certificate course. You will be guided by Martin Kerrigan, long-term tutor for the online course. If you think this might be for you, there are more details here, and you can talk it over at the class.