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Date & Time Details: Saturday, May 4, 2024 , 10am - 12pm

Location: Zen Center of New York City

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Introduction to the Eightfold Path of Liberation: Right Relationship

with Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei

May 4, 2024

Buddhism, with its non-theistic framework, grounds its ethics, not on the notion of obedience, but on that of harmony.                     

― Bhikkhu Bodhi, The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering

 

The Buddha began and ended his teaching with a discussion of the Eightfold Path, a collection of guidelines in living ethically, training the mind, and cultivating wisdom that bring an end to the causes of suffering. He spoke of the Eightfold Path in his very first sermon, immediately after his awakening, and it was the last teaching he gave on his deathbed forty-five years later.

The Eightfold Path is the Fourth Noble Truth, the way to awakening. The Buddha is often described as a great physician or healer, and the Eightfold Path or Noble Eightfold Path (“noble” because following it can make us more skillful and generous people), can be viewed as his prescription for relief from stress.

Suffering is the dis-ease, and the eight steps are a process of treatment that can lead us to health, well-being and right relationship as we avoid the extremes of self-indulgence on the one hand and total self-denial on the other. The Buddha called this path the “Middle Way.” The eight branches of the Path are: Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration. Here, “right” refers to what is right, correct or proper to help us put an end to our suffering (rather than the opposite of  “wrong” in a moral sense.)

Join Hojin Sensei in unfolding these Noble Truths from the Buddha.

Teacher

Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei
Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei received the priestly transmission (the transmission of the Precepts) from Daido Roshi, who began the process in 2009, and from Shugen Roshi, who completed the transmission in 2012. In 2017, she received full dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi. She serves as the Training Director for the Mountains and Rivers Order and Abbot of the Zen Center of NYC-Fire Lotus Temple . Hojin Sensei began her artistic career early and has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, opening people up to the wonders and mysteries of the creative process and continues to offer Art Practices as part of her teaching. She has been in full-time residential training at the Monastery since 1990 and now shares her time at the Brooklyn temple.
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