Understanding the Heart Sutra

with David Hope

September 11th

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  • $40 Program Price
  • $60 Patron Price
  • $20 Other Price
  • Or pay what you can afford. Please write in the amount.
Room: Online Program
Program Registration is Closed.

Join us for an exploration of teachings on The Heart Sutra.
The Heart Sutra is often chanted in Shambhala Centers. It is one of the core texts of Mahayana Buddhism worldwide, and presents the teachings on Shunyata, or Emptiness.

This text is very pithy and condensed, and is therefore not easy to understand. In fact, the idea of Emptiness is often misunderstood to be suggesting the utter non-existence of all phenomena. However, this teaching is pointing to a more subtle truth that exposes our habit of solidifying our experience by clinging to our concepts.

This tendency is one of the ways we create unnecessary problems and confusion for ourselves and others, which lead to conflicts and suffering of all kinds. We see this process playing out increasingly vividly on the personal, social, and political level. Meditation practice on emptiness is a valuable antidote to this universal human tendency, helping us realize and let go of these habitual patterns.  

David HopeAbout the Teacher  
David Hope has been a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for the past 40 years. He helped establish the London Shambhala Center in the early 1980’s. He has been involved with Dechen Chöling, the European residential practice centre in France since its beginnings in 1995, as one of its first co-directors, and in many other ways.

David Hope has taught widely in Europe and other countries worldwide, including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In 2005 he was appointed as Acharya (a senior teacher) for the Shambhala community, but recently retired from that position, although continuing to teach, mostly online at this time. He now lives on the south coast of  England with his wife, Chris de Block.

Program Price: $40
Patron Price: $60
Senoirs, Students, and Limited Income: $20
Or pay what you can afford. Nobody turned away for lack of funds. 
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About Zoom
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