Wednesdays, Sept. 8 through Dec. 22, 2021
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.
Recordings of class sessions will be available on a resource page for all registered students. Recordings will be posted within 2 days.
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 nalandastore.com