Introduction to Buddhism

Buddhist Classes : Thought and Philosophybuddhist classes

These Buddhist classes give a foundation in the core teachings of Buddhism such as impermanence, rebirth and karma. The classes will also cover the philosophical understanding of the true nature of reality. Suggested donation $10 per class.

Saturdays at 10.30 am to 11.30 am  

To reserve a place please email info@dechen.us

 Introduction to Buddhism – October 7th

An Introduction to Buddhism class. The teachings of Buddhism are very different from Western systems of thought and Eastern religions. This class will give you an understanding of some of the essential aspects of Buddhism:

  • The history and lineage – where the Buddhist teachings come from and how they are transmitted
  • Buddhism and religion – what makes someone a Buddhist and is it, or is it not, a religious system
  • Buddha nature – the basis of the spiritual path

 The Foundations of Buddhist Meditation and Practice. October 14th & 21st

The ‘Four Thoughts’ or contemplations are the foundation for all Buddhist practice and meditation. Over two classes we will explain, discuss and meditate on them.

  • The preciousness of human birth
  •  Impermanence and death
  • Karma – action and result
  • The pervasive nature of suffering

The Mind of Enlightenment – Loving Kindness and Compassion Meditation. October 28th & November 4th

The Buddhist path is concerned with finding inner peace, but that motivation is not a selfish intention. In fact, most Buddhist traditions see the motivation for Buddhist practice is to free all beings from suffering.

Over two classes we will explain and practice:

  • Loving kindness and compassion – a meditation that directly challenges the habits of ego
  • The Mind of Enlightenment – how to develop and action the altruistic wish to benefit all beings, the most important of all Buddhist teachings

Buddhist Classes will draw on the Sakya teachings of the Triple Vision.

Buddhist Philosophy – Rebirth and the Four Seals. November 18th & 25th.

Reincarnation is something we have all heard of. But the Buddhist understanding of reincarnation or ‘rebirth’ is very different from what is commonly thought. Over two classes we will  discuss:

  • The teaching of rebirth – the cycle of birth, sickness, old age and death
  • The Four Seals – the four considerations that define a teaching as Buddhist or not

Buddhist Philosophy – The Middle Way View. December 2nd & December 9th

How we understand and interpret our experience and the nature of reality is the key to our own happiness. And also it is key to releasing our innate ability to benefit others. Over two classes we will explore and discuss:

  • The limitations of eternalist and nihilist views of reality. The ideas of theism and materialism, and how they lock us into suffering
  • How to arrive at the Middle Way View, a correct understanding of the true nature of reality

Vajrayana and the Buddhist Tantras. December 16th

The most powerful meditation practices taught by the buddha are found in the Buddhist tantras and collectively known as the vajrayana. This class will explore:

  • What is the vajrayana and why it is a superior path
  • How to enter and practice vajrayana

Classes will reference the book, Rain of Clarity by Lama Jampa Thaye