Buddhism for Beginners – 5-weeks course
September 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until October 3, 2019
What is “Buddhism”? The aim of Buddhist philosophy and psychology 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.
THURSDAYS 18.00 – 20.00
September 5 – October 3
The course is presented in five (5) 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 are all about of this unsatisfactory existence, called samsara:
1/ the truth of suffering/the endless dissatisfaction – description of basic human vulnerability that we all share
2/ there are causes for suffering
3/ there is a possibility to end/ cessation of suffering, and
4/ there is the path to that ends the suffering – leads 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 traditions of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Zen, etc.
- different schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Gelug, Kagyu, Sakya, and Nyingma
- some introductory Buddhist history