The Satipatthana Sutta, which describes the four foundational practices of mindfulness, is one of the primary teachings of early Buddhism, known as the First Turning of the Dharma Wheel. It outlines a progressive methodology for the cultivation of awareness.
This four-week series is taught by Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller, who examines each of the categories of practice in the Satipatthana and compares them to the perspectives and practices within the Zen tradition.
The Second Turning of the Wheel took place on Vulture Peak when the Buddha revealed to his senior monks the teaching of prajna paramita, wisdom beyond wisdom. The primary philosophical school of the Second Turning is the Middle Way School, founded by Nagarjuna, also known as the Second Buddha.
Eijun Linda Cutts offers a four-week series on the Vimalakirti Sutra, a Second Turning Teaching that features the wise and clever layman, Vimalakirti, who bests the Buddha’s senior students as to their understanding of non-duality and emptiness. This sutra features the famous “shout” the layman gives in response to a question—a shout that came to be known as the Thunderous Silence in which he said nothing at all.