Discovering Buddhism Study Course – The Buddhist Science of Mind
September 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree – 1200kr
This is our Wednesday Study course, consisting of 14 different moduls. We start on September 12, with the first modul “Mind and its Potential”. You can participate as you can and will: one modul at the time and even Drop In if you wish. Or go for it and take all exams and certificate!
Modul One; Mind and it´s Potential – continues on Wednesday September 19 at 18-20.30 – Welcome!
The course is suitable for you who want to learn more about the Buddhist Science of Mind, philosophy and psychology, and for you who want to deepen your knowledge and practice in Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism.
Awakening all limitless potential of your mind, achieving all peace and happiness
Over 2500 years ago, the historical Buddha, Buddha Shakyamuni gained direct insight into the nature of reality, perfected the qualities of wisdom and compassion, and revealed the path to his disciples. He became ”The one who is Awaken”, which is the literal meaning of ”Buddha”.
In the 11th Century, Atisha brought these teachings to Tibet in the form of the lam-rim – the gradual path to enlightenment. The lam-rim tradition found its pinnacle in the teachings of the great Tibetan saint Lama Tsongkhapa in the 14th Century, and these teachings continued to pass from teacher to student up to this present day.
When Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche transmitted these teachings to their disciples, they imparted a deeply experiential tradition of study and practice, leading thousands of seekers to discover the truth of what the Buddha taught. This tradition is the core of Discovering Buddhism.
How it works
As a student you can choose how to study: you can participate on a casual basis or to pursue a certificate of completion for each module. This program is not designed as an strictly academic study of Buddhism but is intended to change a person’s life.
(We might teach some of them in different order)
Each module consists of teachings, meditations, readings, and a short retreat. As a student you may do some or all of these components of each course, as you wish. Those who complete all the components receive a completion card for that course.
And when all fourteen modules have been completed, students receive a certificate of completion. This certificate awards the satisfaction of having completed a very comprehensive engagement with the studies, and is symbolic of your commitment to spiritual awakening, – and/or symbolic for your enthusiasm to deepen your knowledge and practice in Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism.
1. Mind and its Potential – Starting September 12
Examine the mind – your own – and how it creates happiness and suffering. Learn to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes to create a more positive and joyous mind.
2. How to Meditate
Learn the definition and purpose of meditation, how to sit, how to set up a meditation session, different meditation techniques, and how to deal with obstacles to meditation.
3. Presenting the Path
Get an overview of the entire Tibetan Buddhist path to awakening. Study the life story of the Buddha and discover a unique system for putting Buddhist philosophy into practice – the lam-rim, or “graduated path to enlightenment.”
4. The Spiritual Teacher
Investigate the role of the teacher on the spiritual path: the need for a teacher, the qualities of teacher and student, and how to relate to a teacher for greatest benefit.
5. Death and Rebirth
Explore the process of death and rebirth and its impact on how we live our lives. Learn to fulfill your purpose in life, resolve conflicts, and develop the skills to help yourself and others at death.
6. All About Karma
Learn the essential facts about the law of cause and effect. Explore ways to deal with life most effectively and take control of your future!
7. Refuge in the Three Jewels
Find out what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels and the essential practices of refuge. Learn about the advantage of taking lay vows and their role in enhancing our spiritual growth.
8. Establishing a Daily Practice
Assemble the tools you need to develop a successful daily practice and find out the elements necessary to generate realizations. Get some tips for making every action meaningful.
9. Samsara and Nirvana
Investigate what “samsara” is and how we are stuck in it. Find out what “nirvana” is and how to achieve it. Learn how to be free from suffering and empower yourself with practical tools to deal with and eliminate disturbing emotions forever.
10. How to Develop Bodhichitta
Discover practices that develop our innate qualities of compassion. Learn to apply these techniques to generate the mind of bodhichitta, known as the very heart of Buddha’s teachings.
11. Transforming Problems
Learn the disadvantages of self-cherishing and the advantages of cherishing others. Learn to employ the special techniques of mind training (lojong) to transform problems into happiness.
12. Wisdom of Emptiness
The realization of emptiness is crucial for the attainment of liberation and enlightenment. Learn to develop calm abiding and different methods of meditation on emptiness.
13. Introduction to Tantra
Learn what tantra is, how it works, and why it is a powerful form of practice. Get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra and learn to practice simple Kriya tantric methods. Learn to integrate tantra with lam-rim meditation for optimal results.
14. Special Integration Experiences
By undertaking intensive practices of purification and a two-week lam-rim retreat, you prepare your mind in the best way to realize the path to enlightenment. Purification practices include: 100,000 prostrations, 3-month Vajrasattva retreat, and Nyung Nä. This is a great way to seal the blessings of this program.
All of the FPMT study programs and especially Discovering Buddhism are presented within a context that reflects FPMT “Wisdom Culture.“ FPMT offers an entire series of study-programs, from introductory courses to advanced courses such as Basic Program and Masters Program. Discovering Buddhism is definitely a good start.