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discovering buddhism

Discovering Buddhism is a two-year program comprising 14 modules that give a solid introduction to Buddhist psychology, philosophy, and practice. 

If you are interested in really immersing yourself in Buddhism, this is the program for you. The emphasis is on all material being applicable in daily life and helping us develop more joy and happiness and reduce our suffering.

Each module consists of several sessions with talks, guided meditations, and practice retreats led by our resident teacher Venerable Michael Yeshe. Students may do all or some of the 14 modules, as they wish. Those who complete all the components receive a completion card for that module.

The 14 modules of the program are:

  • Mind and Its Potential
  • How to Meditate
  • Presenting the Path
  • The Spiritual Teacher
  • Death and Rebirth
  • All About Karma
  • Refuge in the Three Jewels
  • Establishing a Daily Practice
  • Samsara and Nirvana
  • How to Develop Bodhichitta
  • Transforming Problems
  • Wisdom of Emptiness
  • Introduction to Tantra
  • Special Integration Experiences

 

Comments from previous participants

I can recommend Discovering Buddhism to anyone who has an interest in Buddhism, both beginners and those who have been hanging around for a while.

The course feels solid and in-depth, good design with modules.

I especially appreciated our fine group, many rewarding conversations and reflections.

Good course and sense of community, meditations of various kinds, good discussions to understand the teaching with an experienced and knowledgeable teacher. You can be a beginner and keep up, so it’s been very rewarding.

Practical information and how to register

Information about the course date, language, last day of registration, and if the course is also given online, can be found in the respective event. This is also where you register for the course by purchasing a ticket.

Upcoming courses and retreats related to Discovering Buddhism

august

07aug(aug 7)18:0014(aug 14)14:00Sold Out!FeaturedSummer retreat with Stephan Pende: The Effortless Mind – Introduction To MahamudraA spacious and healing meditation retreat north of Stockholm in beautiful nature close to a big river.

27aug18:0019:30Meditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

31aug18:0020:00Introduction to Buddhism: Free eventIn this introduction you will learn about the essence of Buddhism. Is Buddhism religion or science of mind? What is happiness? What is the meaning of life?

september

01sep18:0020:00Introduction to Buddhist meditation: 5 week course You will learn how you can overcome distraction, develop tools for transforming disturbing emotions into constructive mental states, and cultivate the sense of contentment and satisfaction with life.

03sep18:0019:30Meditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

04sep19:0021:00How to develop Bodhichitta: Public talkIn this public talk, Venerable Michael Yeshe will give an introduction to the Discovering Buddhism module How to Develop Bodhicitta. He will give an overview of the subject that suits both those who participate in Discovering Buddhism and those who are completely new to the subject. Everyone is welcome!

04sep(sep 4)19:0006(sep 6)16:00How to develop Bodhichitta: Weekend courseBodhichitta is the wish to strive to fully develop our own potential of loving kindness, compassion and wisdom so that we can be of real benefit to others. Discover the clear meditation instructions available in Tibetan Buddhism that enable you to develop your innate qualities of loving kindness and compassion.

10sep18:0019:30Meditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

11sep18:3020:30Introduction to tantric visualization meditation: Public talk

12sep09:3012:00Tantric visualization meditation: drop-in or courseThis course constitutes a practical introduction to Yidam practice: meditation on forms of Buddha nature or enlightened mind. For experienced practitioners, it offers a new approach and understanding of Yidams based on Western Psychology.

17sep18:0019:30Meditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

18sep18:0019:30We practice together: Drop-inGroup practice is a great way to enhance our enthusiasm for meditation, develop the habit of daily practice, and share the joy of being a part of the community of like-minded people.

19sep10:0016:00How to develop Bodhichitta: One day retreatA day of focused meditation practices from the Discovering Buddhism module Mind and its Potential. Open to everyone!

24sep18:0019:30Meditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

28sep18:0020:00Introduction to Buddhism: Free eventIn this introduction you will learn about the essence of Buddhism. Is Buddhism religion or science of mind? What is happiness? What is the meaning of life?

october

01oct18:0019:30Meditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

02oct18:0019:30We practice together: Drop-inGroup practice is a great way to enhance our enthusiasm for meditation, develop the habit of daily practice, and share the joy of being a part of the community of like-minded people.

03oct09:3012:00Tantric visualization meditation: drop-inThis course constitutes a practical introduction to Yidam practice: meditation on forms of Buddha nature or enlightened mind. For experienced practitioners, it offers a new approach and understanding of Yidams based on Western Psychology.

06oct18:0020:00Buddhism in a nutshell: 5 week courseThis course presents a scientific and logical explanation of the nature of our lives and the source of happiness and dissatisfaction. You will learn how the mind is the creator of our world and experiences and how the full potential of our mind can be achieved.

08oct18:0019:30Meditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

09oct19:0021:00Transforming problems: Public talkDuring this weekend course, Venerable Michael Yeshe will give an introduction to the Discovering Buddhism module Transforming problems. He will give an overview of the subject that suits both those who participate in Discovering Buddhism and those who are completely new to the subject. Everyone is welcome!

09oct(oct 9)19:0011(oct 11)16:00Transforming problems: Weekend courseDuring this weekend course, Venerable Michael Yeshe will give an introduction to the Discovering Buddhism module Transforming problems. He will give an overview of the subject that suits both those who participate in Discovering Buddhism and those who are completely new to the subject. Everyone is welcome!

15oct18:0019:30Meditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

16oct18:0019:30We practice together: Drop-inGroup practice is a great way to enhance our enthusiasm for meditation, develop the habit of daily practice, and share the joy of being a part of the community of like-minded people.

17oct09:3012:00Tantric visualization meditation: drop-inThis course constitutes a practical introduction to Yidam practice: meditation on forms of Buddha nature or enlightened mind. For experienced practitioners, it offers a new approach and understanding of Yidams based on Western Psychology.

22oct18:0019:30Meditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

23oct(oct 23)16:3028(oct 28)10:00Nyung-nä: Retreat for experienced practitionersNyung-nä retreat is an intensive purification retreat that includes fasting, precepts, prostrations, prayers, mantra recitation, and offerings. It’s a Vajrayana practice from the Kriya (Action) class of Tantra, based on the deity Thousand-Armed Chenrezig (the Buddha of Compassion) and is extremely powerful for purifying negative karma and opening the heart to compassion.

november

02nov18:0020:00Introduction to Buddhism: Free eventIn this introduction you will learn about the essence of Buddhism. Is Buddhism religion or science of mind? What is happiness? What is the meaning of life?

05nov18:0019:30Meditation evening with Venerable Michael: Drop-inA great opportunity to practice Buddhist meditation and learn about Buddhism in an interactive way.

06nov19:0021:00Mind and its potential: Public talkUnderstanding the mind is fundamental to all Buddhist practice. By transforming our minds we transform our experience. Science has also shown that by changing our minds we can change our brains. If we understand our mind we can uproot our deepest problems and cultivate our fullest potential.

06nov(nov 6)19:0008(nov 8)16:00Mind and its potential: Weekend courseUnderstanding the mind is fundamental to all Buddhist practice. By transforming our minds we transform our experience. Science has also shown that by changing our minds we can change our brains. If we understand our mind we can uproot our deepest problems and cultivate our fullest potential.

09nov18:0020:00Transforming problems: 4 week courseUnderstanding the mind is fundamental to all Buddhist practice. By transforming our minds we transform our experience. Science has also shown that by changing our minds we can change our brains. If we understand our mind we can uproot our deepest problems and cultivate our fullest potential.

09nov18:0020:00Mind and its potential: 4 week courseUnderstanding the mind is fundamental to all Buddhist practice. By transforming our minds we transform our experience. Science has also shown that by changing our minds we can change our brains. If we understand our mind we can uproot our deepest problems and cultivate our fullest potential.

11nov18:0020:30Wisdom of emptiness: 6 week courseEmptiness is the true nature of everything. But this does not mean that nothing exists. It means that everything arises in dependence upon other things, that nothing has its own essential nature. Not understanding emptiness is the root of all our suffering.