Buddhism for Beginners – 4-weeks course
March 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, repeating until April 11, 2019
What is “Buddhism”? The aim of Buddhism is to become happier by understanding oneself and the world through study, reflection, and meditation.
This course is based on FPMT Study Course Buddhism in a Nutshell. It presents basic Buddhist philosophy, psychology, and principles within a Tibetan and Mahayana context and provides simple meditation instructions.
March 14- April 11
Obs. No class March 28 due to the Public Talk.
The course is presented in four sessions and examines:
- the life of Shakyamuni Buddha, including the similarities of Shakyamuni Buddha’s life to ours and how the Buddha answered the big “meaning of life” questions that we all have
- the Four Noble Truths of Aryas of this unsatisfactory existence, samsara—the truths of suffering, the cause of suffering, the cessation of suffering, and the path to the cessation of suffering
- the Buddha’s teachings set out graduated steps to support the practice of an individual
- what it means to be a Buddhist, an “inner being”
- the three principal aspects of the path to Awakening (enlightenment) based on the short text Foundation of All Good Qualities
- different kinds of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Zen, etc.
- different schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Gelug, Kagyu, Sakya, and Nyingma
- some introductory Buddhist history