Buddhism 101 Foundation Course

4 weeks in Term 4, 2019

Mondays 14 October – 4 November

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Nalandra is now offering a 4-week Buddhism 101 course on the basic foundations of Buddhism. Selected students will run the course each time with the best of their knowledge on the topics.

The first course will run in term 4 on Monday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, including time for Q&A.

The four classes will cover the following topics:

Session 1. The Buddha – His Life and His Truth

  1. What is Buddhism?
  2. Life of the Buddha
  3. The 4 Noble Truths
  4. The Noble 8-fold Path
  5. The Three Vehicles
  6. A short meditation (relaxation/breath)

Session 2. Seeing Things As They Are

  1. Samsara
  2. Compassion
  3. Ethics – 5 Precepts
  4. Wisdom – Impermanence, Interdependence, Selflessness, Nirvana
  5. Refuge
  6. The Sakya Tradition in Tibetan Buddhism
  7. A short meditation (breath/sending compassion)

Session 3. Buddhism: A Religion of Kindness

  1. A Fortunate Human Life
  2. Understanding Karma
  3. The 10 Non-virtues
  4. The Role of Kindness in Buddhism
  5. The Bodhisattva Path
  6. The 6 Perfections
  7. 4 Immeasurables Meditation

Session 4. Tibetan Buddhism’s Swift Path to Enlightenment

  1. Brief History of Vajrayana Buddhism
  2. Vajrayana’s Distinctive Features
  3. Deities and Empowerments
  4. Guru Devotion
  5. Visualisation Meditation

 

There is no cost for the course although donations are welcomed and will go towards Nalandra’s future Gompa.

Bookings are not necessary, though attendance at all four classes is recommended. Participants will be issued with a certificate upon completion of the course, which will be required for enrolling in the next level of courses to be offered at Nalandra in the future. 

Please bring a pen and paper to the classes. 

For more information on the course please email us.