Buddha’s Discourse on the Eight Realizations of Great Beings: A New Moon Meditation Practice and Study Session

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024 (19:00 -20:30)

7:00-8:30 pm EST

Donations are welcome!

About the Session

 If you would like to be enlightened, take on these eight subjects of meditation and apply their corresponding insights to your daily life.

—The Buddha

Join this exploration of the Buddha’s Discourse on The Eight Realizations of Great Beings. Together we will read, discuss, and contemplate how to incorporate the eight realizations into our every-day lives with a sense of warmth, openness, and power. This practice and study session is designed to inspire your meditation practice and post-meditation experience with a sense of great confidence and joy—and to remind us of the enduring power of the dharma to shape our lives for the better.

This Session Offers:

  • Exploring the Buddha’s teachings on contentment, compassion, diligence, and suffering

  • Diving into teachings on the 8 Realizations of Great Beings, which are pithy instructions on the view and practical applications of Mahayana Buddhism
  • An opportunity to listen deeply and contemplate The 8 Realizations of Great Beings with others

  • An opportunity to study, contemplate, and meditate powerful teachings in community from the comfort of your own home and practice space

Recommended Reading (not required):

Old Path: White Clouds: The Life Story of the Buddha by Venerable Thich Nhat Hahn

The Eight Realizations of Great Beings: Essential Buddhist Wisdom for Waking Up to Who You Are by Brother Pharp Hai

Transforming the Mind: The Sutra of the Eight Realizations of Great Beings by Shih Cheng Yen

Note: Chaplain Alley will screen share the Buddha’s discourse and share it with attendees.


Open to all. 

About the Teacher

Alley Smith is a Buddhist Minister of Religion (Upadhyaya) Chaplain at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. She specializes in spiritual care, mortuary affairs and as a funeral clergy. Alley has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism and Zen since 1999. Email: [email protected]