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Dharma Teaching - Beginners Buddhism: Ritual and Devotion, A Course In Six-Weeks (Vajrapriya)

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Exploring the psychology and meaning of Buddhist ritual through the ‘Sevenfold Puja’

A six-week course exploring Buddhist ritual. Provided by Vajrapriya, Cambridge Buddhist Centre, UK. Module 5 of Vajrapriya’s Buddhism Two Course in six modules.

Download this overview here

Overview

  1. Who/what do Buddhists worship? Commitment to a path of personal development.
     
  2. The practice of openness, disclosure and confession.
     
  3. The importance of developing positive emotion.
     
  4. Receptivity: turning towards what is deepest in ourselves and the universe.
     
  5. The ‘Awakening Heart’ (Bodhicitta).
     
  6. The Heart Sutra: the essence of emptiness. Chanting, and the use of mantras.

Week 1: Ritual: what, why, and how
a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Importance of an explorative attitude
  • Rituals we know
  • Ritual – what and why?
  • Triratna dedication ceremony
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Triratna dedication ceremony
  • Handout on main topics

Week 2: Who or what do Buddhists Worship?
a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Review of last session
  • “Heroes”
  • Worship and egalitarianism
  • Relating to ‘archetypal figures’
  • Personal exploration by the course leader
  • Symbolisms of offerings and shrine room etiquette
  • Threefold Puja
  • Suggestions for home practice

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Handout on main topics
  • Triratna Threefold Puja

Week 3: Introducing the Sevenfold Puja
a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Review of last session and home practice
  • Introduction to 7-fold Puja
  • Discussion of sections 1 to 3 in small groups
  • Going for Refuge
  • How do we develop sraddha / confidence?
  • Short introduction of Mantra
  • Suggestions for home practice

b) Materials/handouts:

  • The Sevenfold Puja
  • Refuges & Faith worksheet
  • Translations of Pali refuges & precepts
  • Handout on main topics

Week 4: Confession and Rejoicing
a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Review of previous class and home practice
  • Why confess?
  • Reflecting on faults
  • Why rejoice in merits?
  • What holds us back from rejoicing / appreciating others
  • Exercise for group or pairs
  • Puja
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Diary of regrets/apologies and rejoicings/appreciation
  • Handout on main topics

Week 5: Receptivity to the Truth

a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Led meditation around nama-rupa
  • Review of previous class and home practice
  • Entreaty and Supplication
  • What’s your question?
  • What closes us off to receptivity?
  • Introducing the Heart Sutra
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Handout on main topics

Week 6: Bodhicitta – the Awakening Heart
a) Notes for the teacher, including suggestions for:

  • Learning outcomes
  • Review of previous class and home practice
  • Transference of merits and self-surrender
  • Being of service
  • The Bodhicitta
  • Puja
  • Suggestions for home practice
  • Recommended further reading

b) Materials/handouts:

  • Bodhicitta Meditation by Kamalashila
  • Handout on main topics
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