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Discovering Buddhism Study Course – The Buddhist Science of Mind – General Information
September 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - November 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
This is general information about our Wednesday Study Course, consisting of 14 different modules.
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.
You can participate as you can and will: one module at the time if you wish. Or go for it and take all exams and certificate – and progress on your own spiritual path. And take a chance to become a Discovering Buddhism course facilitator in the future (We need you!).
We START with next Module 3 “Presenting the Path” JANUARY 30 at 18:00 – with an introduction by Venerable Robina.
It is a 9-weeks course which can be studied independently or as part of Discovering Buddhism Study Program.
We have finished Module 2 “How to Meditate”.
What is left is 1-Day retreat January 19, 09.00-13.00 – for those who have attended all the sessions of Module 2.
We go through all material, meditations, and have time for Q & A.
Always on Wednesdays 18-20.00. We start and end with meditation.
With Kaisa Kaulanen
We have finished Module 1 “Mind and its Potential”, and done the 1-Day retreat, twice;
We went through the Mind and Its Potential material presented in Module One, incl meditations, and discussions.
This was only for those who have participated on Module One “Mind and its Potential”.
Awakening all limitless potential of your mind, achieving all peace and happiness
2600 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.
Discovering Buddhism – All 14 Modules
(We might teach some of them in a 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.
Module 1. Mind and its Potential. – This event has passed.
Module 2. How to Meditate – starts November 7 ends December 12, 2018
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.
Module 3. Presenting the Path – starts with Venerable Robina January 30 at 18.00, 2019
Module 5. Death and Rebirth – start in April-May 2019
Module 6. All About Karma – obs. Weekend teachings with Venerable Namgyel April 5-7, 2019
Module 7. Refuge in the Three Jewels
Module 8. Establishing a Daily Practice
Module 9. Samsara and Nirvana
Module 10. How to Develop Bodhichitta
Module 11. Transforming Problems
Module 12. Wisdom of Emptiness
Module 13. Introduction to Tantra
Module 4. The Spiritual Teacher
Module 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 awakening. 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 an intermediate level – and definitely a good start.