Introduction to Buddhism


WEDNESDAYS, January 8 – April 30, 2014
7 – 8:30 PM at Nalanda West

    This will be a 16-week cycle of teachings on introductory and foundational Buddhist topics.
    All are welcome!  These classes may be attended as a course or on a drop-in basis.
    Discussions led by Mitra teachers and senior students.
    The courses are free; donations are accepted.
    The accompanying sourcebooks by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche are available for purchase at the            Nalanda Store.  It is recommended that the class readings be done prior to each class.
The series is the pre-requisite for the Hinayana and Mahayana curricula.
Meditation instruction for 10 minutes begins at 7 PM before each teaching.
Information contacts:
Kris Shaw
Buddhism 101: “The Life of the Buddha and his Message”
January 8:  “The Buddha was not a Buddhist”, part 1
January 15:  “The Buddha was not a Buddhist”, part 2
January 22:  “The World of Suffering and the Human Condition”
January 29:  “Taming the Monkey Mind”
Buddhism 102: “Traveling from Confusion to Original Sanity”
February 5:  “The Path is the Goal”
February 12: “The Play of Confusion and Sanity” (aka “The Four Truths”)
February 19:  “Trips of Confusion: Working with Emotions I”
February 26:  “Trips of Confusion: Working with Emotions II”
Buddhism 103: Karma, Rebirth, and Selflessness  (no session on March 26)
March 5:  “The Four Seals of the Buddha’s Teaching I”
                                * Impermanence    * Suffering
March 12:  “The Four Seals of the Buddha’s Teaching II”
* No self     * Freedom
March 19: “The Four Reminders”
April 2: “The Spiritual Friend: Connecting with Buddha’s Heart”
Buddhism 104: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness  (no session on April 9)
April 16:  “The Practice of Fourfold Mindfulness and the Mindfulness of Body”
April 23:  “The Mindfulness of Feelings, Mind, Phenomena”
April 30:  Review session


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