The Deep Dharma
for Daily Life
an Online Course
with Christopher Titmuss
February 13 – March 11, 2018
Spiritual teachings offer practices about the Way to the Goal.
These practices include mindfulness, meditation and reflection. The exploration of the path, the way and the various bridges point to the end of the Path.
There is little exploration of the Goal, of an unconditional freedom revealing wisdom and an abiding love. The knowing of the Goal reveals the highest happiness.
This course consists of a deep exploration of the Goal. Each module will fully engage in the integration of the consummation of the teachings into daily life.
You might think that the Goal is far away. The Goal of all spiritual practice might be much closer than you think.
The teachings will be presented in a clear and understandable language suitable for those deeply interested in the fulfilment of spiritual practice.
We spend much of our life living in costumed truth. All the practices, methods and metaphors of the way, the path and the goal belong to costumed truth.
The Goal (Truth, Nirvana, Freedom, God, Emptiness, Reality and many other names) finds its confirmation in discovery, in realisation.
A core purpose of the module is for each participant to have a ‘lightbulb moment.’
At the very least, I believe all participants will feel much closer to the Goal by the end of the four modules.
Module 1 – Freedom from Clinging
We cling to pleasure, forms, self and views. When faced with difficulties, how often do you want to retreat to where it is comfortable, pleasurable and nice?
In this module we’ll explore how clinging, holding on, or grasping is akin to putting more wood on the fire of difficulties.
Liberation means the end of clinging. It’s about seeing and knowing freedom in the midst of events.
Module 2 – Freedom and Truth
Freedom and Truth share the same element. Truth includes honesty, clarity of language and seeing what is. Freedom confirms the truth of things.
This module will ask the question: What is truth? What makes it significant? Christopher examines the Buddha’s ‘four noble truths’, explores how they could be alternatively translated as the “four truths of the noble ones”, and considers what this might mean.
We’ll also explore where you’re currently suffering. What are the causes and conditions of this suffering? What is the truth of those causes and conditions? How can seeing truth lead to an end to suffering?
Module 3 – Freedom and Love
Freedom and love both share a similar nature although, ultimately, freedom transcends love. There are no limits to freedom and no limits to love.
In this module, Christopher looks at the origins of the Brahma Vihara; how the Buddha, whilst opposed to the concept of a metaphysical God (or “Brahma”), cleverly incorporated the word into some of his teachings in order to garner acceptance from followers of the religions prevalent during his lifetime.
We’ll also be looking at metta – love, friendships and kindness.
Finally, Christopher will explore how, as the sun is free to shine when appears from behind the clouds, so our love is free to shine when we are free of obscurations.
Module 4 – Emptiness of I and My
In this final module, we’ll explore the emptiness of “I” and “my” as an indispensable daily reflection.
“I” and “my” is merely a convenient shorthand for feelings/mind/body/consciousness and a few experiences and items. Freedom is seeing the emptiness of such minimal considerations.
Considered one of the most difficult teachings, the Buddha used over 100 different words for describing emptiness. Christopher explores the negative impression we can sometimes have of emptiness, and offers alternative ways of understanding it.
We’ll look at how the concept of emptiness can help us to be less impressionable, and, ultimately, can help us see truth.
Four 60 minute teachings
Filmed in high definition with teachings and experiential exercises. Released each Tuesday during the course and can be watched at your own pace throughout the week.
Four Live Sessions of 60 minutes
This is your chance to connect with Christopher live, ask questions, clarify your understanding and share what’s coming up for you in the course. Ask your questions on screen using your webcam, or via text. The power of being included and heard can offer great benefit in the process.
Interactive 1: Sunday 18 February – 9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm UK, 6pm EU
Interactive 2: Sunday 25 February – 9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm UK, 6pm EU
Interactive 3: Sunday 4 March – 9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm UK, 6pm EU
Interactive 4: Sunday 11 March – 9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm UK, 6pm EU
A virtual online sangha where you can come together with other like minded souls, learning and supporting each other.
Christopher Titmuss, a senior Dharma teacher in the West, offers retreats, facilitates pilgrimages and leads Dharma events worldwide. His teachings focus on insight meditation (vipassana), the expansive heart and enquiry into emptiness and liberation.
Poet, photographer and social critic, he is the author of numerous books including Light on Enlightenment, The Mindfulness Manual and Poems from the Edge on Time.
A former Buddhist monk in Thailand and India, he teaches in Australia, India, Israel, France and Germany every year. Christopher has been teaching annual retreats in India since 1975.