“Old Path White Clouds” by Thich Nhat Hanh Weekly Book Discussion Beginning September 1

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Date(s) - 09/01/2020
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

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Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh

Have you ever wondered why did the Buddhist monk name his book Old Path White Clouds? (You will not find the answer in Google search.) If you are interested or simply curious, come and join us to explore the answer. The subtitle of the book is Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha. “Drawing from Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources, Thich Nhat Hanh has traced the Buddha’s life over 80 years.”


We will discuss the book weekly by Zoom, starting on Tuesday, September 1 at 11:30 am for an hour – and every Tuesday at the same time. If you are interested or you have a question, please contact Debumeister@gmail.com. We recommend you buy the book and start reading as soon as possible. We will have a few copies available at BUF to borrow and if you really like the book, you can have it. Please let Kathy Wahto know if you need a copy.


Do you know what the Buddha’s true contribution to the world is? We all learn, as we go along our spiritual path, that Buddhism has four Noble Truths expounded by him and they are the basis of Buddhism. The first noble truth is that there is dukkha (sadness, suffering) in our lives; the second noble truth is that there is a cause of dukkha and that cause is our thirst or desires; our thirst leads to  greed, unfulfillment of our desires, hatred, etc. Naturally, the third noble truth is that our dukkha will cease with the cessation of our thirst.


But did you know that the Buddha did not discover these noble truths? These were well known to ancient Indians and there were many gurus who taught how to realize and go beyond suffering. Even the Buddha apprenticed with them. The Buddha’s achievement and major contribution is that he found a way, a direct experiential way, to attain cessation of our thirst and hence our sufferings. That is the fourth noble truth, the Eightfold Path.


We will discuss all this as we read the book.


~Debu Majumdar