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The Four Noble Truths: Truths One, Two & Three - Meditation Workshop

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

Led by Susy Keely

Learning to release the ways we cause suffering for ourselves and others is at the heart of why we practice Buddhist meditation. This morning workshop will be a practice-focused exploration of this month’s teaching theme: the first three of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism (the existence of suffering, the cause of suffering, and the end to suffering).

The laboratory of our meditation practice is the ideal place to develop experiential understanding of the relationship between the nature of our suffering, craving (grasping at or pushing away our experience), and the possibility for freedom.  In particular, we will explore meditative approaches for recognizing and releasing craving and clinging in the body/mind. Craving, rooted in fundamental delusion, is pointed to as the cause of suffering in the Second Noble Truth. The relationship between how we cling to experience and the relative solidity of our sense of self will also be a topic of exploration.

The workshop format will include cycles of short teaching/instruction followed by longer guided and silent meditation and an opportunity to share or ask questions.  While some teaching will be given to support the practice periods, the majority of our time will be devoted to meditation practice together.

As part of LBM’s foundational teachings series, this class will be complemented by a morning of Dharma study two weeks before led by Jokai Blackwell Sensei on July 7th.  To gain the most benefit, it is recommended to attend the Dharma study class, however this class functions as a stand-alone meditation-focused session for those not able to attend the Dharma study class.This workshop is suitable for meditators of all levels.


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

    Susy Keely


    Susy Keely began practicing Buddhist meditation in 2001 at Deer Park Monastery in the venerable Thich Nhat Hanh tradition.  She began practicing Vipassana (Insight) Meditation in 2005 and completed a year-long Mindfulness Facilitator Training at InsightLA. She currently participates in trainings with her teachers Rob Burbea and Shinzen Young. Susy  has a particular interest in how a deep and vibrant meditation practice can be maintained in daily life. She is also passionately interested in the subtleties of samadhi and vipassana practice, and the intersection between spiritual practice, meditation, and creativity.