Introduction to Buddhism
Mondays 7-9pm - August 18th – December 15th
…the better we know our mind and how it works, the greater the possibility that we can free ourselves from the mental states that weigh us down, invisibly wound us, and destroy our ability to be happy. Knowing our mind not only leads to a happy life, it transforms every trace of confusion and wakes us up completely.
–The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, in Rebel Buddha
Introduction to Buddhism is a 16-week-long precise, compact presentation of authentic Buddhist wisdom teachings and practices. Classes meet one evening per week and are offered in clear, jargon-free language with contemporary examples. Introduction to Buddhism is a great way to learn how to connect with the inner wisdom you already possess and explore how it can manifest in your life.
The course is also a great way to prepare for further study and exploration in the Hinayana and Mahayana components of the Nalandabodhi Study Path. Our study path provides a comprehensive presentation of the views and practices within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and leads students through a complete overview of the entire journey, deepening understanding of the teachings in progressive stages.
The majority of the texts for the Introduction to Buddhism, and the study path in general, have been culled from teachings given by the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, founder of Nalandabodhi and his teacher, Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.
Classes are kept small to encourage exchange—the questioning and discussion that are a vital aspect of the learning experience at Nalandabodhi. They begin with 30 minutes of calm-abiding, or shamatha, meditation and may also include contemplation or analytical meditation, an essential step that enables the student to form an intimate relationship with the teachings and embody the wisdom and freedom they point to.
Topics in Introduction to Buddhism include the life of the Buddha, Buddhism and cultural trappings, the nature of suffering and the path of freedom from suffering, the Buddhist perspective of a science of mind and meditation, the Four Noble Truths, karma, and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
All are welcome. No prior experience with meditation or Buddhism is required.
Schedule Mondays, August 18th – December 15th 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Pricing Books: $60.00 No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Information For questions or further information, please contact the study path coordinators via email.