• March 1–3, 2019
  • Friday-Sunday: 2 nights

Buddha Bliss The Path Out of Pain

For everyone.

Pain is real to us, the unenlightened. We hate it, we fear it, we avoid it however we can. We also fear bliss, and are nervous about joy and happiness too, since we think they inevitably lead to pain. We feel safer when we’re anesthetized to strong feelings, either way.

When the Buddha became enlightened, he had already experienced many years of princely happiness and joy, but he did so nervously, sensing it was insecure, and he also felt guilty that others seemed deprived of it. He then inflicted more years of pain upon himself, thinking that the way through it was by going beyond it. When he gave that up, the Buddha discovered that bliss is the natural state of life. He called that freedom from pain “nirvana,” and sometimes “natural nirvana.” He simply fell in love with all of life so powerfully it put an end to death.

In this program, strengthen your awareness of the natural nirvana already inside you through study, dialogue, chanting, and meditation with Robert Thurman, exploring bliss as a path out of pain.

Recommended reading Robert Thurman, Inner Revolution—Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness; Infinite Life; and Why the Dalai Lama Matters; plus The Tibetan Book of the Dead (for a peek into the esoteric tantric revelations of bliss as the path). If you can’t read them all before the program, just make a start and then continue after, as further inspired.

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Robert Thurman, PhD, is an authority on spirituality, mind science, philosophy, and Tibetan Buddhism. His latest book is Love Your Enemies, co-written with Sharon Salzberg.

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