The Knoxville Community of Mindfulness

Practicing the Four Noble Truths

Four classes

$60 suggested donation

Next Class: TBA

Suffering is optional

Suffering is an undeniable part of the human condition. We all experience it, but we don’t understand it or know how to free ourselves from its grip.  We try various methods and techniques that help us feel better for a while.  But inevitably we find ourselves ensnared once again — often by the same issues.  How can we escape this circular pattern?  The teachings called the Four Noble Truths offer profound insights into our dilemma.  Practicing these insights leads to the end of suffering.  

Each class includes teaching, written instructions, guided meditations, and time for Q&A.  No prior experience with meditation is required.  These practices can be done by anyone, regardless of their spiritual tradition. After the classes end, a weekly follow-up meeting will be offered at no cost to answer questions and help you maintain a regular practice.

Classes meet weekly on Zoom.  When you register, you will receive a Zoom link for joining the class and a short reading to prepare for the first meeting.  If possible, please register at least one day prior to the first class so that you will receive the link and instructions.  If you haven't received an email within 24 hours of registering, it may have landed in your junk folder. Please check.

There is a suggested donation of $60, which covers the four classes.  Any amount is gratefully accepted.  Your practice of  generosity makes it possible for those of limited means to participate in the class.

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John Blackburn, Ph.D., has practiced meditation for over forty-five years, practicing intensively with teachers in the Vipassana, Zen, and Dzogchen traditions.  He leads a local meditation group, the Knoxville Community of Mindfulness.  He also serves as member of the board of directors for Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC.