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Dharma Teaching - Beginners Buddhism: Buddhist Ethics, A Six-Week Course (Vajrapriya)

On Sun, 17 July, 2016 - 20:50
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Seeing the implications of our behaviour for ourselves and others. 

A six-week course exploring Buddhist Ethics. Provided by Vajrapriya, Cambridge Buddhist Centre, UK. This is the fourth module of Vajrapriya’s Level Two Buddhism Course in six modules.

Download this overview here

Overview

  • Ethics as individual choice
  • Love – the golden rule
  • Generosity – respecting and contributing
  • Contentment – weakening the neurotic drives
  • Honesty – being true about ourselves
  • Awareness – the working edge for any growth

Week 1: Ethics As Individual Choice

a) Attitudes when trying to communicate ethics

b) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes for module
  • Exercise: Why practise ethics?
  • Sources of ethical judgment
  • The workings of karma
  • Intention and intelligence (skilfulness)
  • Precepts as training principles
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

c) Materials/handouts:

  • Exercise: Quotes on ethics
  • Handout on main topics

Week 2: Love As The Golden Rule

a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Review of last session
  • First precept
  • Exercise: Debate on vegetarianism
  • Love mode vs. power mode (with writing exercise and small group discussion)
  • Suggestions for home practice

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Handout on main topics

Week 3: Generosity

a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Review of last session and home practice
  • Dana as the fundamental Buddhist virtue
  • Ways of taking the not-given
  • Recollecting generosity
  • Role-play: giving – taking – receiving OR generosity audit
  • Dana at the Buddhist centre
  • Suggestions for home practice

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Cards for Role-play
  • Worksheet for generosity audit
  • Handout on main topics

Week 4: Simplicity and Contentment

a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Review of previous class and home practice
  • Brainstorm about Buddhist attitudes to sexuality
  • How can we cultivate simplicity and contentment?
  • Exploring stillness, simplicity, contentment
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Handout on main topics
  • Quotes about stillness, simplicity, contentment

Week 5: Truthfulness

a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Review of previous class and home practice
  • Why be truthful?
  • Exercise: What are the consequences of (un)truthfulness?
  • How to practice
  • Communication exercise
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Handout on main topics
  • Quotes on truth

Week 6: Mindfulness

a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Review of previous class and home practice
  • Centrality of mindfulness in Buddhism – why?
  • Exercise: mindful passing of an object
  • Importance of body awareness
  • Losing mindfulness and intoxication
  • How to enhance mindfulness in everyday life
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Worksheet Mindfulness and Intoxication
  • Handout on main topics
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