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Introduction to Buddhism - with Lama Zangmo

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8 Feb 2020
10:00am to 4:00pm



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Teacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo
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This is the first part of an Introduction to Buddhism series, which will give an overview and understanding of the framework for the Buddhist path, covering an explanation of the three Jewels - the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha; the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. There will also be time for Q&A.

The Four Noble Truths

This was the very first teaching that the Buddha gave after he attained enlightenment. It is referred to as the 'First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma' because it represents the first phase of the Buddha's teaching. It is called a 'wheel' because it is a means for travelling the path to enlightenment in much the same way that a wheel enables a vehicle to move along a road.

The Noble Eightfold Path

The Noble Eightfold Path is the essence of the Middle Way, the path between the extremes of self-indulgence and denial. It contains eight interrelated aspects that make up the 'skilful living' that the Buddha taught is necessary to uproot suffering and its causes, and thus to sever the cycle of conditioned existence.

The Noble Eightfold Path comprises the three essentials of Buddhist training, ethical conduct, mental development and wisdom. (Please note that 'right' in this instance means 'skillful and wise'.)

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist teachings and can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly Introduction to Buddhism series which comprises 5 one day teachings:

  1. Introduction to Buddhism - 8th February
  2. The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma - 7th March
  3. Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path - 11th April
  4. The Spiritual Friend - 9th May
  5. Cultivating Bodhicitta, Loving Kindness and Compassion - 13th June 

Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.

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