Suffering and its Cure: the Four Noble Truths

29 October 2017 - 4 November 2017
Peter Conradi


A fundamental program towards liberation

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche once described suffering as “a necessary and quite delightful topic”. During this programme we will ex­plore our Shambhala lineage’s exposition of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths, which map the entire Buddhist journey.

The Four Noble Truths have the elegance of a medical case-history: we meet our condition, explore its sources and  discover ways to go further. Our starting-point is our longing to find an off-switch for pain.

So the first and essential step on our Buddhist journey entails an honest encounter with our own raw stress, anxiety, unease, dissatisfaction and restlessness, from which our whole journey starts to unfold.

A steadily deeper understanding accompanies each stage of the path, from our initial discovery of meditation which teaches us the Origin of Suffering and points us towards its Cessation, up to our embrace of the Eight-fold Path and our contemplation of the step of taking Refuge as a Buddhist.

Peter Conradi (author of Going Buddhist) will teach both from the Hinayana volume of  Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma (a comprehensive presentation of the three yana journey of the Buddhist Path), The Path of Individual Liberation as also from  the teachings of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

No prerequisite.


This program is taught in English. Translation into French or other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible, so that we can provide translation service.

Arrival day (Oct 29):Orientation talk at 8 pm. You're invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.

End of program (Nov 3): Closing circle and Banquet in the evening.

Departure day (Nov 4): You may leave anytime (no program). You're welcome to stay for lunch.



 Peter first encountered the Dharma while Visiting Professor at Colorado University Boulder in 1978-80. He had the good fortune to help serve Trungpa Rinpoche on his last public teaching in London in January 1986, to accompany the Sakyong to one week of Shakespeare plays in 2002, and to be in the party accompanying the Sakyong to Tibet in 2004. He also taught from 1990-92 at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, where he helped kick-start the first ST programmes in Eastern Europe.

Peter Conradi was Professor of English Literature in London before becoming a freelance writer. His books include Going Buddhist, Panic and Emptiness, the Buddha and Me , At the Bright Hem of God : Radnorshire Pastoral, A Very English Hero : the Making of Frank Thompson, and Iris Murdoch : A Life, the authorized biography. In 2001 Peter was adviser to the film Iris with Kate Winslett and Dame Judi Dench. In 2009 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL).  At the " Awake in the World Festival " in 2013 he spoke about Trungpa Rinpoche’s remarkable use of English. He lives partly in London and partly in Wales where he likes to garden, hill-walk and to help run retreats.
The Four Dignities is a favourite programme that he has taught often before at DCL.
Know more about Peter J Conradi : as free lance writer. His election to RSL.

Price of your stay

Standard515 euro
Discounted386 euro
Early Bird464 euro

Standard price: global tarif including the program fee, full board comprising standard accommodation (dormitory) and organic meals. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Discounted price: 25% reduction on the standard price for people with monthly net income below 1200 €. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Early Bird: 10% reduction on the standard price for registration paid in full two months prior to the start of the program, i.e. before 29 August 2017. You cannot combine this with the discounted option. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Other services

  • You may select a single or double room during online registration (if available, we’ll confirm by mail after registration).
  • Shuttle transport or taxi (all year round) and child care options (July/August) are available.
  • The insurance covering you during your stay (third party liability) is included in the yearly required membership fee for the Association Shambhala Europe (15 €).

We would like finances not to be a barrier to your participation. If needed, Dechen Chöling can propose several financial assistance options (monthly payment, scholarship…).
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