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Dharma Study Series: Roots of Buddhism
September 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Monday, repeating until October 8, 2018
September 10 – October 8, Havurah
Five Monday evenings from 7-9pm.
September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8.
Teacher: Koshin Cain
Class is limited to 20 participants, Please register early. $150 non-members, $125 members
In the class we’ll study 16 ancient Buddhist texts. I hope by the end of the series you will have
- An appreciation for what the Buddha himself taught, and what concepts and practices were most important to him.
- A fuller understanding of some key Buddhist concepts and terms.
- A feeling for the language and style of the old sutras.
- An understanding of the ancient world that the Buddha inhabited, the context for his teaching.
- Some ideas about how these ancient texts relate to your practice.
- Gotten to know some of your sanghas members better.
For this class you’ll need to buy or borrow a copy of Basic Teachings of the Buddha by Glenn Wallis.
Here is a list of the Buddhist concepts I hope to cover, at least briefly:
4 Foundations of Mindfulness
4 Noble Truths
7 Factors of Awakening
8 Fold Path
12-fold Chain of Causation
Resources I’m using:
Buddha by Karen Armstrong – A nicely written biography for a general reader.
The Buddha by John Strong – More academic than Armstrong, complete with charts and tables.
Buddha: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Carrithers – Nice slim Oxford University Press volume. Lots of context for Buddha’s life.
Buddhism: A History by Noble Ross Reat. My favorite survey.
Buddhism by David Eckel (A Great Courses lecture series) – we have this available for short term loan in the library on CD and DVD. A nice survey for the general population.