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Wise Up! Buddhist Teachings for Awareness and Transformation
A five week online course on Monday evenings, June 15 to July 13, 7–8:30pm.
What does Buddhist teaching have to offer us in 2020? During times of pandemic and social discord, it can be vital and inspiring to find voices of compassion and wisdom from our past, and to connect with a community of likeminded people now. After 2500 years, the Buddha’s vision of human spiritual life is still relevant, radical, practical and fresh. This five week class will give participants an introduction to the life and core teachings of the Buddha, and all they need to begin their own practice! We will explore aspects of Buddhist teaching that have come down to us through different cultures and times, including the teachings of the historical Buddha, the flourishing of teachings around compassion and opening the heart, and the ritual symbolism of mantra and tantra.
Basic meditation instruction will be given as well as an introduction to Buddhist ethics, wisdom teachings, and symbolism.
Whether you’re just looking to find some peace and stillness in your life, or to directly explore the nature of consciousness and the universe itself, this class is a great way to begin! Suitable for complete beginners, or those seeking to explore Buddhism and meditation more deeply.
Our introductory classes are by donation. For this five-week course we suggest $50-$100 for the entire course ($10-$20 per evening). During the pandemic we have not been able to operate as we normally would, so every bit helps!
Portsmouth Buddhist Center operates with a culture of generosity – most of our expenses in running the center are paid for with donations. If you’d prefer not to book online, you may email portsmouth [at] thebuddhistcenter.com to make other arrangements. You will receive an emailed zoom link prior to the course.