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The Buddha's Teaching on Dissatisfaction and the Nature of Happiness


Join Buddhist nun and Local Clevelander, Ani Palmo Rybicki for a four-week course exploring the very first teaching of the Buddha. Applicable to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, these teachings outline the nature of our dissatisfaction the mistakes we make when trying to achieve happiness, and how to correct them.

We will examine how we are looking for happiness in all the wrong places and what we need to do to change course. Every class includes basic meditation instruction and practice. No text required.

THE GOOD HEART: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus

In 1994 the Dalai Lama was invited to present his commentary on the Gospels at an interfaith seminar sponsored by the World Community for Christian Meditation. “His reading of the meeting between Mary Magdalene and Jesus in Saint John’s account of the Resurrection brought many to tears. It would be hard to say exactly why. Some said later that it was as if they were hearing the words for the first time, as though their tenderness and mystery and beauty had been taken for granted and were brought to life again, like a gift from an unexpected courier.” –Robert Kiely


Once we choose a spiritual path we need to examine--with naked honesty--our approach to walking that path. "The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use," Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche writes, "even spirituality."

Join us for an in-depth study of the modern classic, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. "These incisive, compassionate teachings serve to wake us up from this trick we all play on ourselves, and to offer us a far brighter reality: the true and joyful liberation that inevitably involves letting go of the self rather than working to improve it."


“In a difficult, uncertain time, it takes a person of great courage, such as the Dalai Lama, to give us hope. Regardless of the violence and cynicism we see on television and read about in the news, there is an argument to be made for basic human goodness. The number of people who spend their lives engaged in violence and dishonesty is tiny compared to the vast majority who would wish others only well.

According to the Dalai Lama, our survival has depended on and will continue to depend on our basic goodness.

Ethics for the New Millennium presents a moral system based on universal rather than religious principles. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual, irrespective of religious belief. Though the Dalai Lama is himself a practicing Buddhist, his approach to life and the moral compass that guides him can lead each and every one of us—Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, or atheist—to a happier, more fulfilling life.” --From the cover"

AN OPEN HEART: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life

“Compassion—sympathy for the suffering of others and the desire to free them from it—is wrestled with in all spiritual traditions. Yet how does one actually become a compassionate person? What are the mechanisms by which a selfish heart is transformed into a generous heart?

In this acclaimed bestseller, His Holiness the Dalai Lama writes simply and powerfully about the everyday Buddhist practice of compassion, offering a clear, practical, inspiring introduction to the Buddhist path to enlightenment.” –From the cover


Join our book study group as we read and discuss selections from this anthology of Buddhist teachings. With contributions from modern teachers such as Pema Chodron, Chogyam Trungpa, and Thich Nhat Hahn as well as writings from traditional Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan sources, this text is a wonderful introduction to the teachings.