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Foundational Series: Dharma Study Class - The 4th Noble Truth (Part 2 of 3)

  • Long Beach Meditation 5100 East The Toledo Long Beach, CA, 90803 United States (map)

Led by Guiding Teacher Jokai Blackwell Sensei

This is the third class in this series on the Four Noble Truths and the second class in a series of three classes on the fourth truth, the truth of the path out of suffering. The Buddha laid out a clear eight-fold path, giving complete instructions to end suffering. The path consists of three distinct areas: discipline, meditation and wisdom. This second class will focus on the area of discipline consisting of the third, fourth and fifth parts of The Noble Eight-Fold Path, harmonious speech, action, and livelihood.

  1. Harmonious Speech - What does it mean to speak truth? We can begin by refraining from lies, by not speaking of others errors and faults and abstaining from hollow speech. Cultivating a mind that sees clearly, our speech becomes the appropriate response to the current circumstance, harmonizing our interactions.
  2. Harmonious Action - With this human life comes the power to effect the world with our actions. The law of cause and effect teaches us that self-centered, greedy actions add to suffering for ourselves and others. Realizing contentment and taking refuge in who we are, just as we are, our actions promote peaceful well-being and avoid harm.
  3. Harmonious Livelihood - What we do for a living matters greatly. Can we work in a way that doesn’t compromise our core ethics? Working in the world presents constant challenges and opportunities to examine the effects of what we do. Walking our unique path, becoming an expression of authentic self, our practice deepens.

The workshop format will include:

  • Opening sitting meditation
  • An overview of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
  • The third, fourth and fifth parts of the Eightfold Path explored: harmonious speech, action, and livelihood: The practice of ethical conduct is an expression of the awakened life, rooted in compassion. How do we integrate these aspects of the Buddhist path in our busy lives?
  • Q & A and group discussion will follow each presentation
  • Closing sitting meditation

As part of LBM’s foundational teachings series, this class will be Dharma study focused with time for brief sitting meditation at the beginning and end. This class will be complemented by a morning of meditation practice based on this class and offered by Jampa Kelsang on August 15th. To gain the most benefit, it is recommended to attend the meditation practice class two weeks after this Dharma study class.

This workshop is suitable for meditators of all levels.


Refunds are available up to 24 hours before the course.




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.

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    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

    Jokai Blackwell Sensei

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    Jokai Blackwell Sensei relocated to Southern California from the UK in 2000 to study with Charles Tenshin Fletcher Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center. After completing formal study, encompassing over a decade of residential training and service, he received Dharma Transmission (full authorization to teach) in the White Plum Lineage of Zen Buddhism. Jokai emphasizes the direct experience of awakening using contemporary language and time-honored methods.