Triratna Resources

Dharma Teaching - Beginners Buddhism: Buddhist Wisdom, A Six-Week Course On Doctrinal Dharma (Vajrapriya)

On Sun, 17 July, 2016 - 01:54
Centre Team's picture
Centre Team

Download this overview of the course

Some core ideas to gain a new perspective on our lives.

  • Views – wrong view, right view, perfect view; qualities of Dharma
  • Conditionality – conditioned co-production as the middle way
  • Facets of conditionality – impermanence, compoundedness, interconnectedness
  • Four Noble Truths
  • Orders of conditionality – reactive and creative; karmic and non-karmic conditionality
  • Wisdom and compassion – altruistic dimension of Buddhism, Bodhisattva ideal
  • Exploring the Wheel of Life, the Spiral Path, and the Mandala of the Five Buddhas.

Week 1: Four Noble Truths
a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Review of previous and introduction to this module
  • Our own questions and/vs. the Buddha’s big question
  • The four truths
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Reading Text from (old) Foundation Course, The Dharma 1, week 7
  • Handout on main topics

Week 2: Week 2 - Views – Wrong View, Right View, Perfect View – and Qualities of Dharma
a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Review of last session and home practice
  • Views – perfect vision and right view
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

c) Materials/handouts:

  • Text from (old) Foundation Course, Part 4: Exploring Buddhist Practice – Ways of thinking, Week 1: The way to wisdom
  • Exercise on views (in different situations)
  • Handout on main topics

Week 3: Week 3 - Conditionality, Conditioned Co-production as the Middle Way
a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Review of last session and home practice
  • Conditioned co-production: the theory; middle way (between hopelessness and wilfulness, determinism and randomness, existence and non-existence)
  • Interconnectedness and Indra’s Net
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Handout on main topics

Week 4: Week 4 - Facets of Conditionality – Impermanence, Compoundedness, Interconnectedness
a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Review of previous class and home practice – the three laksanas (with exercises)
  • Insight meditation
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Handout on main topics

Week 5: Week 5 - Orders of Conditionality – Reactive and Creative; Karmic and Non-karmic Conditionality
a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Review of previous class and home practice
  • Orders of conditionality (5 niyamas)
  • What is karma?
  • Mind reactive & creative
  • How to maintain resourceful, positive mental states
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Handout on main topics

Week 6: Week 6 - Wisdom and Compassion – the Altruistic Dimension of Buddhism and the Bodhisattva Ideal
a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Review of previous class and home practice
  • Wisdom & Compassion, introductory exercise
  • The Bodhisattva Ideal and the Bodhicitta
  • Bringing it down to earth
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Handout on main topics

See Vajrapriya’s course on symbolic Dharma 

Log in or register to respond