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Discovering Buddhism – Wednesday Study Course – The Buddhist Science of Mind

December 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 12, 2018

Introduction to the entire course  –
September 5th by Venerable Lozang Yonten

Discovering Buddhism is a well-structured, two-year, fourteen-module series that gives the student a solid foundation – in Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. The course is suitable
– for you who want to learn more about the Buddhist Science of Mind, philosophy and psychology,
– for you who want to deepen your knowledge and practice in Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism.

Except for weekly teachings, we have access to both written material and audios for each module, created by skilful and experienced teachers. We will also use the book “Approaching the Buddhist Path, written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thupten Chodron as course material.

How it Works

Each Discovering Buddhism module consists of teachings, meditations and practices, readings, assessment questions, and a short retreat. Students may do some or all of these components of each course, as they wish. Those who complete all the components receive a completion card for that course.
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 in Buddhist Philosophy and Psychology.

We start with Module One  – 
September 12th – Introduction by Glenn Svensson:

1. Mind and Its Potential
Examine the mind and how it creates happiness and suffering. Learn to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes to create a positive and joyous mind.
– It is your mind that creates the world. Buddha Sakyamuni.

– The way we experience every part of our lives is affected by the qualities of our mind and by the coloring filters of our mental attitude. The mind is the nucleus of samsara and nirvana. -LamaYeshe

– WHEN YOU INVESTIGATE YOUR MIND thoroughly, you can see clearly that both miserable and ecstatic thoughts come and go. Moreover, when you investigate penetratingly, they disappear altogether. When you are preoccupied with an experience, you think, “I’ll never forget this experience,” but when you check up skillfully, it automatically disappears. That is the silent wisdom experience. It’s very simple, but don’t just believe me—experience it for yourself.- Lama Yeshe

Cost – the first seven sessions
Modul One – September – October 17

Full course, seven sessions: 1000 kr
Full course, seven sessions, reduced price (students or pensioners): 800 kr
Single session – drop-in is welcomed: 150 kr
Single session, reduced price (students or pensioners): 110 kr

+ one day retreat Saturday, October 27, 09.00 – 15.00


Discovering Buddhism – All 14 Modules:

1. Mind and its Potential
Examine the mind and how it creates happiness and suffering. Learn to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes to create a 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.

p s. The historical Buddha Sakyamuni was an ordinary being who achieved the full Awakening. The Sanskrit word “Buddha” means literally “The One who is Awaken”.


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