Open House: Introduction to Buddhism

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


“We’re cultivating our intelligence as opposed to expanding or upgrading its contents. It’s like brightening a room by putting a higher-watt lightbulb in a lamp. Suddenly we can see everything in the room much more clearly.”
— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Curious about Buddhism or a path of mindfulness?

Introduction to Buddhism is a 16-week cycle of teachings on introductory and foundational Buddhist topics exploring the basic principles of Buddhism. These classes lay the foundation for deeper studies and include an introduction to the views of different Buddhist schools.

All are welcome!

The courses are free; donations are accepted.

Students may also attend these classes on a drop in basis.

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 bookstore is generally open Wednesdays 6:15—7:00 PM, Sundays 12:00—1:00 PM, and some weekday evenings. Please check the online calendar.

Meditation instruction for 10 minutes begins at 7 PM before each teaching.

Buddhism 100 – The Life of the Buddha and the Spiritual Journey
October 19: “The Buddha was not a Buddhist”
Oct 26: “Poverty Mentality and True Freedom”
November 2: “The World of Suffering and the Human Condition”
November 9: “Taming the Monkey Mind”

Buddhism 102 – Traveling from Confusion to Original Sanity
November 16: “The Path is the Goal”
November 23: “The Play of Confusion and Sanity” (aka “The Four Truths”)
November 30: “Trips of Confusion: Working with Emotions I”
December 7: “Trips of Confusion: Working with Emotions II”

Buddhism 103 – Karma, Rebirth, and Selflessness
December 14: “The Four Seals of the Buddha’s Teaching I” –Impermanence, Suffering
December 21: “The Four Seals of the Buddha’s Teaching II” – No self, Freedom
No session on Dec 28th
January 4: “The Four Reminders”
January 11: “The Spiritual Friend: Connecting with Buddha’s Heart”

Buddhism 104 – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
UPDATE: 4 Wednesdays: February 22, and March 1,8, 15, 2017
February 22: “The Practice of Fourfold Mindfulness and the Mindfulness of Body”
March 1: “The Mindfulness of Feelings”
March 8: “The Mindfulness of Mind”
March 15: “The Mindfulness of Phenomena”

Contact: Nadine Selden


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