The Third Noble Truth, Freedom from Suffering
Acharyas Suzann Duquette and Dan Hessey are the teachers for this course.
This course presents the Third Noble Truth, Freedom from Suffering, and begins with an exploration of the third Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Effort.
The Buddha said that... suffering should be known; the origin of suffering should be renounced; the cessation of suffering should be realized; and the path should be regarded as the truth to resolution.
– Chögyam Trungpa
How do we find relief? This module explores the third noble truth, The Truth of Cessation. How do we realize the cessation of suffering now?
Trungpa Rinpoche emphasizes the experience of cessation as it arises in meditation and life, rather than as an imagined goal to be achieved in the future. We will explore the experience of cessation as “the gap” in shamatha practice, especially with regard to Mindfulness of Effort; how we recognize the contrast between samsara and nirvana; and how vipashyana awareness allows us to extend and rest in the gap. Finally, we will look at the ways the Truth of Cessation manifests at different levels of practice and the path.