Foundation Series: Dharma Study & Meditation

The Four Noble Truths

Did you know that suffering is optional? Over the next 6 months Long Beach Meditation will present teachings based on the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths. These foundational teachings are as relevant in today’s tumultuous, complex world as they were at the time of the Buddha. They are not theoretical philosophy or faith-based beliefs, but practical wisdom that can be put into practice and experienced directly.

The Four Noble Truths directly address:

  1. Suffering - Life always involves stress and suffering, both obvious and subtle . Even when things are going well, we often feel an undercurrent of anxiety, inadequacy or uncertainty inside.

  2. The Cause of Suffering - The cause of suffering is craving and fundamental ignorance. We suffer because of our painful and futile struggle to maintain our desires and delusions.

  3. The End of Suffering - The good news is that the awakened mind is always available to us when not obscured. Suffering can end when we abandon its causes.

  4. The Path - By living ethically, practicing meditation, and developing wisdom, we can take the path that leads to freedom, true happiness and peace.


Please join us for an ongoing exploration of these profound teachings. These classes are suitable for both beginning and experienced students. Classes may be attended as a series or individually.

December 1, 9-12pm

Dharma Study - Susy Keely

Loving-Kindness practices can provide a refuge for ourselves in times of upheaval and struggle and empower us to extend our pure qualities of heart outwards, helping us to skillfully support our fellow human beings in the world we share.

December 15, 9-12pm

Meditation Workshop - Guiding Teacher Jokai Blackwell

This morning workshop will be a meditation focused on loving-kindness and open-heartedness as a continuation to the “Developing Loving-Kindness” study session taught by Susy Keely on December 1, 2018.




Bay Shore Church
5100 The Toledo
Long Beach, CA 90803

We meet in the Gabrielson Chapel of the Bay Shore Church on The Toledo and Granada in Belmont Shore.

Parking: There is a free lot across Granada Ave. There is free public parking available except from noon Saturday through noon Sunday. Street parking is also available. Please observe all parking signs.

ADA Accessible

Equipment: We have different styles of zafus (firm sitting cushions), zabutons (floor mats), benches and comfortable chairs on hand.

Questions?: Email us at

Please consider bringing

  • A snack or drink for yourself and/or to contribute.

  • Your own sitting gear, if preferred.

  • A donation/dana for the teacher.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes and shoes that are easy to slip on and off.

  • An extra wrap like a blanket or shawl to keep warm during the sits.

Please Note:

  • DO NOT wear scented perfumes and fragrances.

  • TURN OFF your cell phone for the duration of the event.

  • Arrive at least 5 minutes early to get settled.

Financial Assistance: No one is turned away for lack of funds! If you are unable to pay all or part of the fee, please email us at