The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation—A Book Study Class

with Bruce Dal Santo & Valentin Ghiur

March 2nd—April 4th

Date details +
  • $90 Program Price
  • $125 Patron Price
  • $60 Other Price
  • Or pay what you can afford. Please write in the amount.
Room: Online Program
We can't  just practice passion, aggression and ignorance on ourselves alone; we do it to somebody else as well and somebody always gets hurt. So instead of just having our own anxiety, we produce a further state of anxiety in others. We generate their anxiety, and they also generate it themselves; and we end up with what is known as the " vicious circle of Samsara." Everybody is constantly making everybody feel bad.
We have been participating in this tremendous project , this constant mishap, this terribly big mistake, for a long time—and we are still doing it"...'and in fact we do it so well that it has been said that this cycle of suffering called Samsara is notorious for being endless!
—Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoceh from The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation
It has been said that the cycle of worldly suffering called Samsara is notorious for being endless! In this book The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche offers us a profoundly clear and unrelenting view into how and why we suffer and a practice and Path that can break that endless cycle at it's root. 
Deceptively simple, these teachings reveal a poignant and deep sophistication and subtlety that can inspire us at every moment of our lives. It is no mishap that these Teaching on the four Noble Truths, suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering , and the path of liberation have survived, prospered and enlivened practitioners lives for over 2500 years!
Please join us to explore this joyful path to liberation.
The Text
The text for this class, The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation by Chogyam Trungpa, is available in bookstores and through online retailers—including used copies. Please purchase the book prior to the first day of class. 
Bruce Dal Santo is a long-time dharma teacher and practitioner whose connection with Shambhala Buddhism stretches back to 1974 and a chance encounter with its founder Chogyam Trungpa in San Francisco.
Program Price: $90
*Patron Price $125
Limited Income Price, $60.
Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
*Paying the Patron Price helps support students who cannot afford full fee.
For questions contact Bruce: brucedalsanto [at] gmail [dot] com
Please register and pay online in advance of the class to ensure your space and so that the coordinators know to expect you.





We appreciate you registering and paying online. This helps us not only to plan for the program, but speeds up the registration line on the day of the program.

Generosity Policy
The San Francisco Shambhala Center is funded solely by your membership and program donations. Thank you for your generosity as you consider what you can pay for each program at our Center. We strive to price our programs in a way that accurately reflects the financial need of our Center and the cost to us of producing the program.

We are committed to offering our programs to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. If you are unable to meet any of our listed pricing tiers please contact us to discuss your current needs. In addition to offering scholarship pricing for those in need, we also offer the option of paying for some programs in installments.

In order to request use of the Generosity Policy, please contact the person listing under the program’s contact information, or email: info [at] sfshambhala [dot] org, at least one week prior to the program you wish to attend.

What is the Patron Price?
The other aspect of our Generosity Policy is our Patron Price. Those who are able to offer more than the regular program price can select the Patron Price option.  By selecting this option, your generosity is helping to cover the costs of those who may not be able to pay the full price of the program. Thank you for your consideration, and for helping all to receive the treasure of the Shambhala Dharma.

Work Study
We depend on volunteers to make all of our programs happen. If you are interested in offering your support in this way, please contact [email protected] We would be very grateful.

For information about becoming a San Francisco Shambhala Member, please visit this link.

Visitor Information
Visit these links for information about parking, lodging, or our programs policy.