Our next four-week introductory course will be Who Was the Buddha and Why Does He Matter? A Practical Introduction. Join us Thursday evenings, 7-9 PM, July 13-August 3, to start getting acquainted with key Buddhist teachings, including meditation. The Buddha lived more than 2,500 years ago yet is still revered by millions of followers around the world as an exemplar of deep calm and profound kindness. Learn his story and see how his wisdom can be usefully applied to everyday life. Dh....
Join our next four-week introductory course, Thursdays 7-9PM, February 23-March 16. Our topic is What the Buddha Taught: Big Ideas and the Possibility of Real Change in Your Life. Learn to meditate and become acquainted with the core teachings of Buddhism, which focus on seeing things as they are and on training ourselves to approach life with greater equanimity and kindness toward oursleves and others. Dh. Suddhayu will lead this course.
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Our next four-week beginners course will be Thursday evenings 7-9 PM, running from October 6 to October 27. In this course, Dh. Suddhayu will provide an introduction to the Buddha’s teachings, with an emphasis on how they can help us navigate the complicated world of conditions and relationships. Each session will also include a period of guided meditation suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience meditating. Offered by donation: $40 suggested for the 4-week course.
Sagaraghosa introduces an introduction to Buddhism course which is run for complete newcomers at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre…
The course was devised for people who may not have learnt to meditate. In Cambridge, we provide both meditation and the Buddhism course as possible first courses for newcomers. However short led meditations are included in the Buddhism course and can help to give a flavour of what it is like to meditate as well as helping the course to be grounded in experience.
The Birmingham Buddhist Centre sangha, led by Vipulakirti, have recorded their own versions here. Musical notation and an article about how to approach mantras and their chanting will follow soon from him, but, at the bottom of this page, you’ll find a short explanation about the mantras and the musical “principles” behind them.
With many thanks to Vipulakirti and all the chanters!
These searches on The Buddhist Centre Online yield considerably updated resources:Chanting | Mantra
This course over eight weeks on The Place of Imagination, Beauty, and Ritual in the Spiritual Life was provided by Padmavajri from the Brighton Buddhist Centre.
Padmavajri says: “I led two groups on this. The course was aimed at any Mitras and it turned out I had a group of experienced Mitras, and a group of newer Mitras (one or two years old)… The two groups here loved it, enjoyed it, were challenged by it, and also were helped to understand ritual and the arts...
Here you can download handouts for a six-week course introducing the various schools of Mahayana Buddhism. The handouts were provided by Achala from New Zealand. Please note that Achala says they all need further improvement!
This is what Achala said about his intentions when designing this course:
I tried to construct a course such that it:
covers what an average human being needs to effectively practice Buddhism.
doesn’t not have a scholastic bent (so a few Pali/Sanskrit terms seemed reasonable but not so many as