Welcome to Finding Freedom
Welcome to Finding Freedom!
There is arguably one teaching at the heart of all Buddhist wisdom. This is known as "dependent arising" and it points to a different way of being in the world.
What does it take to be free? According to the Buddha, to be free is to recognize the conditionality of life. The teaching of dependent arising shows us the truth of interconnection: nothing exists alone. Everything leans on something else. When properly reflected on, this deep wisdom unbinds us from the craving, reactivity, and stress that arise from our habits of misperception.
This course provides a unique opportunity to study with a teacher who has made these powerful teachings the center of her contemplative life for 35 years. Elizabeth promises this will be a lively, practical, and fun exploration featuring a program of exercises and guided meditations to deepen your living experience of these teachings.
Each unit will offer roughly one hour of material to work with. There will also be suggested take-home practices, including guided audio meditations, for you to explore throughout the week. You are invited to follow the weekly schedule, or study at your own pace. You will retain unlimited access to the course, so you can work with it ongoing or refer back to it in the future.
Unit 1 | The Common Thread
Dependent arising is the central thread of Buddha's teaching. Elizabeth explains what dependent arising is, why it's important, and how we can bring this wisdom into our lives.
Unit 2 | Looking Realistically
The truth of dependent arising is everywhere, if we know how to look. It is the nature of reality. Elizabeth demonstrates a simple contemplation we can do for our ourselves to show that reality isn't quite what we commonly mistake it to be.
Unit 3 | The Knowing Mind
We are fortunate to have minds that can discern the world accurately, with a little bit of training. Elizabeth offers guidance in using our natural talent for discernment to propel ourselves towards spiritual awakening.
Unit 4 | The Path of Inquiry
Now we begin the ancient practice of looking and not finding. These two analytical meditations can radically open up our perception of the world.
Unit 5 | The Middle Way
It's easy to get locked into binary extremes: believing that the world around us is solidly real or believing that nothing exists. Elizabeth takes us beyond these with a playful analytical meditation.
Unit 6 | Awakening the Heart
Having immersed ourselves in the core of Buddhist wisdom, what is there to do? We'll see that living from the heart proves to be the perfect application of what we have learned.