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Buddhist Studies

Winter 2023:
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching
The Art of Transforming Suffering

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If we take care of the suffering inside us, we have more clarity, energy, and strength to help address the suffering, violence, poverty, and inequity of our loved ones as well as the suffering in our community and the world….There is an art to suffering well. If we know how to take care of our suffering, we not only suffer much, much less, we also create more happiness around us and in the world.


—Thich Nhat Hanh, No Mud, No Lotus

Co-taught by Guiding Teachers Michael Genpo O'Neal & Joen O’Neal

This course is part of a series exploring Thich (Thay) Nhat Hanh’s presentation of core Buddhist teachings. The Noble Eightfold Path, the practice of transforming suffering, was presented by the Buddha at the beginning and throughout his teaching career, and is traditionally considered to have “set in motion the wheel of the Dharma.” It explores the true nature of suffering and the path of practice that transforms it. Each class will include zazen (sitting practice), presentations by the instructors, and discussion.

Registration Information

Wednesdays, Jan. 18–Mar. 8 (eight sessions) (#B104)

7:00-9:00 P.M.

$185 (members $165) (includes course materials)

This course will be held in-person at the Center, with an option for remote participation via Zoom if requested.

Member rates apply to members of all local Buddhist centers. Reduced fees are offered as needed; please contact the Center at (612) 781-7640.

Enrollment for classes is limited. Early registration is encouraged, particulary for those who were not enrolled in the fall 2022 course. (The winter course will build on material presented in the fall course, which examined The Four Noble Truths as presented in the first section of the book The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh. If you did not take our fall Buddhist Studies Course, please register early so we can send you more information.)


You may register online using one of the buttons below—select the option for  your preferred payment method (online or check).

  • $185 for non-members (fee includes book)

  • $170 for non-members (if you already have the book)

  • $165 for members (fee includes book)

  • $150 for members (if you already have the book)

2023 Buddhist Studies Course Dates

Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 P.M.

Spring:      Mar. 29-May 17, 2023 (#B105)    Title: The Practice of Transforming Suffering

Summer:  June 7-July 26, 2023 (#B106)

Fall:              Sept. 20-Nov. 8, 2023 (#B107)

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