The topics listed below are drawn from the sutra we are studying this year, the Sutra on the Eight Realizations of Great Beings. Thich Nhat Hanh has written a book about the sutra called Two Treasures: Buddhist Teachings on Awakening and True Happiness.
15 September 2018
The First Realization is the awareness that the world is impermanent.
20 October 2018
The Second Realization is the awareness that more desire brings more suffering.
17 November 2018
The Third Realization is the awareness that the human mind is always searching outside itself and never feels fulfilled.
15 December 2018
The Fourth Realization is the awareness that indolence is an obstacle to practice.
19 January 2019
The Fifth Realization is the awareness that ignorance is the cause of the endless round of birth and death.
16 February 2019
The Sixth Realization is the awareness that poverty creates hatred and anger.
16 March 2019
The Seventh Realization is the awareness that the five categories of sensual desire – money, sex, fame, overeating, and oversleeping – lead to problems.
25-28 April 2019
Plum Blossom Sangha Retreat (no Day of Mindfulness)
18 May 2019
The Eighth Realization is the awareness that the fire of birth and death is raging, causing endless suffering everywhere.
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