Class series: The Buddha's Path to Freedom

Class series: The Buddha's Path to Freedom

Hugh Byrne IMCW Center for Mindful Living

Hugh Byrne

4/2/2018 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM at IMCW Center for Mindful Living, (4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Upper floor, Washington, DC, 20016) (Map It)

The Buddha’s Path to Freedom: The Four Noble Truths for the 21st Century


Six Mondays, April 2 to May 7

The Buddha’s central teachings of the Four Noble Truths are as relevant and liberating today as they were in the Buddha’s time 2,500 years ago in northern India.

What has changed dramatically is the world that we are living in—particularly its complexity, pace, and technological advances. But because of our basic evolutionary impulses and our tendencies to get caught in unwholesome mind states and emotions, these teachings continue to provide a reliable path to ending suffering and living with ease and well-being.

In this six-week class, IMCW senior teacher Hugh Byrne explores the Four Noble Truths—1) there is suffering; 2) there is cause of suffering—clinging; 3) there is an end to suffering—freedom/nirvana; and 4) there is a path to the end of suffering—the Noble Eightfold Path (training in meditation, living wisely, and cultivating wisdom)—and discusses how they can help us live with greater freedom amidst the challenges of our time. We will put a particular focus on experiential practices of meditation and mindfulness in daily life that help us abandon painful mind states and cultivate those that lead to happiness and peace.

Each session will include a period of guided meditation, a talk on the teachings, and time for questions and sharing. The only prerequisite for this class is a commitment to investigating the teachings and exploring them in practice in daily life.

Learn more about our ongoing classes.

This venue is not accessible for those with mobility impairments. (There are a dozen steps, so unfortunately at this time the facility is not wheelchair accessible.)

Series manager: Rebecca Hines



Fee: $200

IMCW Refund Policy: If you cancel more than three weeks before the start of the class series, your payment will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. IMCW cannot offer refunds for cancellations made fewer than 3 weeks before the beginning of the class series. There is no refund for classes you do not attend. Issuing a refund check may take 2-4 weeks.

Late Registration: Online registration will close at 12 a.m. the Tuesday before the series begins. To request late registration, please email the class series manager to check if there are still openings.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. To apply, please email the series manager before registering. Please apply early as funds are limited. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form.

Accessibility: For disability-related accommodations, please email the class series manager with your request at least three weeks before the event. 




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