Matteson Shambhala Buddhist Study Group

May 11th—July 28th

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    Matteson Shambhala meditation group is now  offering a 2-month study group exploring in greater depth the four marks of the view,  also known as thefour marks of existence: impermanence, suffering, egolessness and peace. The first two are based on looking at the confused [samsaric] environment and the last two are the possibilities and potentialities we might discover out of that examination. Understanding these facets of our existence, we can tune into what the Buddha understood upon his awakenment, and what he said was most important for seekers and practitioners that wanted to follow his example and walk the path that he traversed.

    All are welcomed regardless of experience level or participation in any prior program. Feel free to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages for a relaxed and community-based pot-luck meal following each session.    Come for one or all sessions.

    We have included two links from Lions Roar magazine on articles written by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse who wrote the book “What Makes you Not a Buddhist”, which is the main source of information for our study group.  It really helps if you take the time to read these articles beforehand so you have some background for our discussions.  However, you are welcome to find your own study source if you wish.  Once again these are the Four Marks or Four Seals in Buddhism:

    1.  All compounded things are impermanent.
    2.  All emotions are pain.
    3.  All things have no inherent existence.
    4.  Nirvana is beyond concepts.

    The links to the two articles on this topic:

    Our updated upcoming schedule:

    The format for our meetings:
    4:00 - 4:30 - Arrive, get settled, meditation. (please try to arrive on time)
    4:30 - 6:00 - Sharing our thoughts, understanding and personal experience of the scheduled topic.

    6:00 - ?      - Everyone is welcome to bring some food to share and stay for our pot-luck meal.

    To discover location of each of these gatherings, please inquire at [email protected]

    Donations welcomed