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Introduction to Buddhism

Wednesdays, Sept. 8 through Dec. 22, 7-8:30 p.m. (Pacific)


Introduction to Buddhism is a 16-week cycle of teachings on introductory and foundational Buddhist topics, exploring the basic principles of Buddhism and lay the foundation for deeper studies, including being introduced 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.

Once registered, you will receive a reminder email with the Zoom information. No need to register again for subsequent sessions.


Facilitators:  Don Ross and Susan Kirchoff


Buddhism 101 – The Life of the Buddha and the Spiritual Journey

Sept. 8:  “The Buddha was not a Buddhist”

Sept. 15:  “Poverty Mentality and True Freedom”

Sept. 22:  “The World of Suffering and the Human Condition”

Sept. 29:  “Taming the Monkey Mind”


Buddhism 102 – Traveling from Confusion to Original Sanity

Oct. 6:  “The Path is the Goal”

Oct. 13:  “The Play of Confusion and Sanity” (aka “The Four Truths”)

Oct. 20:  “Trips of Confusion: Working with Emotions I”

Oct. 27:  “Trips of Confusion: Working with Emotions II”


Buddhism 103 – Karma, Rebirth, and Selflessness

Nov. 3: “The Four Seals of the Buddha’s Teaching I” – Impermanence, Suffering

Nov. 10:  “The Four Seals of the Buddha’s Teaching II” – No self, Freedom

Nov. 17:  “The Four Reminders”

Nov. 24: “The Spiritual Friend: Connecting with Buddha’s Heart”


Buddhism 104 – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Dec. 1:  “The Practice of Fourfold Mindfulness and the Mindfulness of Body”

Dec. 8:  “The Mindfulness of Feelings”

Dec.  15:  “The Mindfulness of Mind”

Dec. 22:  “The Mindfulness of Phenomena”

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.  Order online at

All 4 readings for Introduction to Buddhism, includes 101, l02, l03, 104

Intro 101 – The Life of the Buddha

Intro 102 – Traveling from Confusion to Original Sanity

Intro 103 – Karma, Rebirth and Selflessness

Intro 104 – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

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