Aug 092014

The Upaya Sangha of Tucson is pleased to offer a discussion group beginning on Wednesday, September 3rd, on a series of recorded lectures by Stephen Batchelor, offered at a “Secular Buddhist Retreat,” July of 2013, at Gaia House, Devon England.

This discussion group will meet the first and third Wednesdays, in seven sessions over fourteen weeks, beginning September 3rd. The course will engage those of you who have a solid grasp of the fundamentals (i.e., not-one; two-fold egolessness; three marks of existence; four foundations of mindfulness; five skandhas; six consciousnesses, etc). Referencing several suttas, the topics addressed include: mortality, solitude, urgency/aspiration to renunciation & realization, opinions & hubris, truth claims on the ultimate nature, defining features of awakening, karmic reward & retribution, rhetoric of schools, two-truths, living in emptiness.

Prior to our meetings, you will listen to Batchelor’s lectures and work through a study guide. Audio of the Secular Buddhist Retreat, including the referenced materials, will be provided to you on a disc. If you would like more information on the course content or have a question, please email or call her at 207-8718.

Requirements: A computer and email address or a cooperative friend with same
Meeting time: 10:00 AM to 11:30AM
Meeting dates: The 7 Wednesdays are: September 3rd, September 17th, October 1st, October 15th, November 5th, November 19th, December 3rd.
Location: Tucson Community Meditation Center, Back Room
Fee: $15.00 at cost (TCMC use fee, disc and mailing)
Registration Deadline: August 24th

To register, please make your check payable to “Upaya Sangha of Tucson” and mail your check, along with your postal address, email address and telephone number to Christine Johnson, 4145 N. Stone Ave., #102, Tucson, AZ 85705