Knoxville Community of Mindfulness

Practicing the Four Noble Truths

$60 class fee

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 submit your registration form, you will see the message: You have successfully registered, appear briefly above the submit button.  Registration is not complete until you remit the class fee.

The class fee of $60 can be paid with Zelle, PayPal, or check.  Partial and full class scholarships are available for those unable to afford the class fee.

Once payment has been received, you will receive the Zoom link and a short reading to prepare you for the first class.

Class scholarships are available through the generosity of The Mirani Foundation. Please let us know if you need a partial or full scholarship.


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.