The Buddha and the Goddess of the Earth – an introduction to buddhism and meditation through the nature symbolism of the Buddha’s storyOn Sun, 25 October, 2020 - 14:52
A four-week online course on Monday evenings, Nov 9-30, 6:30-8pm (EDT)
Most of the stories about the Buddha take place outside. His Awakening took place beneath a tree, he walked everywhere, and many of his discourses were given beneath a canopy of leaves.
In this class, we will explore some of the mythic imagery and nature themes in the Buddha’s story. We will look at how these themes unfold in his teaching, and explore their relevance to us now.
Participants will learn basic Buddhist meditation and helpful, practical teachings that remain vital to this day. Suitable for all levels of experience, including beginners.
This course is offered by donation; suggested $10-$20 per evening or $40-$80 for the whole course. All donations support the initiatives of the Portsmouth Buddhist Center. A Zoom link will be sent the day before the course begins.
Led by: Dh Suddhayu developed an interest in Eastern thought and meditation as a teenager. In 1992 he attended a life-changing meditation retreat at Aryaloka Buddhist Retreat Center. Soon after, he joined the residential community there, where he lived for the next eight years, exploring his love of Dharma, meditation and community. He lived in England for six months where he worked for a Buddhist Right Livelihood project, and attended a four month retreat in the mountains of Spain where he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. In the new century, Suddhayu married Lona Kovacs and co-founded Touching Earth Farm CSA and Portsmouth Buddhist Center. He has been teaching meditation and Buddhism workshops and leading retreats since 1998. He currently works full-time for Dharma initiatives as Chair at the Portsmouth Buddhist Center and Manager of Aryaloka.