Zen Approach to the Noble Eightfold Path, CC 10/10 - 11/28

Practice Center
Date / Time
Oct 10, 2022 / 7:30pm - Nov 28, 2022 / 9:00pm
Event Type
Classes & Extended Courses
Description

As this class will meet onsite at City Center, 300 Page Street, please see the instructions and requirements below regarding Covid-19 safety protocols.


Eight Mondays, 7:30 – 9 pm PT

The path of practice is both a gift and a challenge. Though it unfolds uniquely for each practitioner, there are features of the path that are common to us all as we engage the aspects of who we are. It offers us a way to lessen our suffering and the challenge of engaging our life, relationships, and activities as opportunities to awaken. In walking the path we discover both compassion and wisdom. The former through patient acceptance of our suffering, and the latter through cultivating awareness that reveals the patterns of our thoughts, feelings, and actions and how they shape our behavior.

The traditional teachings of the Eightfold Path have been crafted from the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and are recreated and enacted as we bring awareness to “what’s happening now.” This path to liberation—known as the Noble Eightfold Path—is made up of eight practices; Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration. All are guided by, and express, Right View. The potential for practicing the Eightfold Path lies within us and, as we practice these factors, they transform us.

We each have mental and emotional patterns that cause us suffering, but we also have within us what it takes to free ourselves of these afflictions. The Pali term, samma, usually translated as “right,” can also mean complete or appropriate. The steps are sometimes engaged sequentially. As the understanding and resolve of the first two steps are established, then the ethical conduct of Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood establish the capacity for Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration. Not that each step is mastered before engaging the next one, but rather practicing each step helps practicing the other steps in a more thorough manner. In this way all the steps are practiced as occurring together as facets of the path.


  • This offering is open to those who have reviewed the Covid-19 protocols pertaining to this event and have fulfilled the "Safety Preparations Prior to Arrival," including filling out and submitting the Covid-19 Safety Questionnaire.

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Fee Information
  • General $300
  • Current SFZC Members $270
  • Sliding Scale 1: $180
  • Sliding Scale 2: $75

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