Sangha night

The four sights: hearing the call

Holy man walking

Siddharta Gotama, as he was known before he became the Buddha, lived the life of a precious prince. Protected his whole life from any kind of suffering and distress, he was the ultimate “helicoptered” child. Sneaking out of the palace over a number of days, he finally encounters suffering in the forms of sickness, old age and death. He is horrified to then discover that these things are waiting for him, too. Only the sight of a holy man in yellow robes gives him any indication that there is another way of living this life. He decides to leave his protected existence and search for an answer to the malaise of suffering.

In this series of talks, through personal reflections, we will explore these “four sights.”

We will cover:

  • when the good life is too good for our own good
  • hearing the call to the spiritual life
  • cultivating a beneficial relationship to suffering
  • learning to let go to what no longer serves us
  • facing into old age, sickness and death
  • awakening the courage to set out on the path of the unknown

Wednesday nights are a place for people who have attended our foundation courses to come together and celebrate community as well as an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the Buddha's teaching.

When

17 March 2021  7:00pm-9:00pm

Cost

By koha / donation

Location

Image of The Auckland Buddhist Centre
The Auckland Buddhist Centre

381 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Led by

Portrait of Malcolm Dow
Malcolm Dow

Malcolm has been involved in the Triratna movement since around 2010, at both the Auckland and Wellington Buddhist Centres. He was a member of the…

Portrait of Sangha night team
Sangha night team

A team of Triratna Order members and Mitras