Retreat on the Four Noble Truths from the perspectives of the Shravakayana, Mahayana, and Dzogchen. The Four Noble Truths comprise the basis and fundamental structure of all the Buddha’s teachings. More accurately translated as the “four realities for āryas (those who have gained direct realization of nirvāṇa)” these are the four topics the Buddha taught when he first turned the Wheel of Dharma to his five close disciples in Sarnath, shortly after his enlightenment. These topics are the reality of suffering, of the source of suffering, of the cessation of suffering and its source, and the path to that cessation. During the week-long retreat, Alan Wallace explains how these four realities are understood from the perspective of the Shravakayana (which corresponds closely to the Buddha’s teachings as preserved in the Pali canon, the basis of Theravada Buddhism), the Mahayana (with its emphasis on the bodhisattva way of life culminating in the perfection of wisdom), and the Vajrayana, or Buddhist tantra, culminating in the Great Perfection, or Dzogchen.
This Week-Long Retreat was recorded from November 10-17, 2013 at the Mission Renewal Center in Santa Barbara.
The 2 disc MP3 CD set chronicles the seven-day retreat consisting of lecture, guided meditations and discussions. MP3 CDs suitable for use in computres and MP3 players.