Buddhism 101 Foundation Course

4 weeks in Term 1 (6 – 27 February) 2020


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 ran in term 4 2019 and the next will run in term 1 2020 (February), on Monday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, including time for Q&A.

Students who attend 8 classes will receive a certificate of accomplishment after completing a brief test by correspondence.

The four classes 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.

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