The Five Skandhas: How we perceive & manufacture our world

with Geoff Bannoff & Ron Greenberg

January 9th—February 13th

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  • $60 Program Price
  • $90 Generosity Price
  • $45 Repeat
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Room: Main Meditation Hall

The Five Skandhas
How we perceive & manufacture our world

6 Tuesdays starting January 9 

This class is an in-depth exploration of the fundamental Buddhist teachings of the Five Skandhas--the building blocks of our moment-to-moment experience.

Having recognized the truth of suffering and confusion that is pervasive in life, we naturally have questions. How does this state of suffering arise?  Where does confusion come from? Our innate intelligence begins to explore the subtle layers of experience, going deeper and deeper until we come to the heart of our being.

In this course, we will touch these layers or constellations of experience one by one, starting from the unconditioned, innate ground of open space, and see how we fabricate our own world of projections. The five skandhas are the moment-by-moment building blocks of how we perceive our world and project onto it: 
Form – the basic split between “me” and other
Feeling – the simple pre-thought sense of pleasant, unpleasant or neutral for each experience
Perception – pleasant experiences generate craving; unpleasant experiences generate aggression; neutral experiences generate ignorance or a type of blinding
Concept – we create concepts and opinions 
Consciousness – we create our version, our stories

Investigating this process brings insights and humour about our habitual patterns. 

The course is led by Ron Greenberg and Geoff Bannoff, long-time meditators and teachers in Vancouver. Dale Asrael and John Rockwell , well-known Shambhala educators will provide the pre-recorded video talks.  Each class will include sitting meditation, the video, tea and discussion.  This series of talks is from the Foundations for Freedom-The Hinayana program. There will be readings for each class. 

This course is suitable for anyone with a meditation practice and a basic understanding of the Buddha's Four Noble Truths, who wish to go further into the Second Noble Truth on the origins of suffering. 

Dale Asrael has been a practitioner of meditation, Buddhism, and the Shambhala teachings for over 45 years. Dale teaches dharma programs and leads meditation retreats internationally, served as an Acharya for twenty years. Dale is a Professor at Naropa University, where she founded and is the lead teacher for Naropa University Mindfulness Instructor Training, which just completed its twentieth annual cycle of training programs. 

John Rockwell has been on the path of dharma for 47 years. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and studied and practiced the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings for 12 years with him, and in particular worked with him on translating Tibetan texts into English. For ten years, he studied and taught at Naropa University in the Buddhist Studies department. His inspiration now is to open the heart and senses on the spot.