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Buddhism for Beginners

Buddhism can be confusing if you’re new. There’s so much to learn and explore that you may not know where to begin. This is particularly true when it comes to Tibetan Buddhism. It’s easy to get carried away with the lure of the exotic and miss the true essence of the teachings.

Buddhism for Beginners is a gentle introduction to the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism, key concepts such as karma and the Four Noble Truths, and practical advice on meditation, prayer and practices.

Based on the teachings of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche, the course approaches study topics from both an intellectual and experiential perspective. Graduates will discover the transformative nature of Dharma, and develop a well-rounded foundation in Tibetan Buddhism as a basis for further study and practice.

Class  Overview
  • Language: English & Chinese
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Schedule:

    • Sunday (new term starts March 2024)
    • 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
    • Kechara House (online option available for long-distance participants)
  • Members: Free
  • Non-members: RM50 per month
  • Mar 3  Introduction to Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara
  • Mar 10  Life of the Buddha
  • Mar 17  Overview of Buddhism
  • Mar 24  Overview of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Mar 31  Statues, altars and offerings
  • Apr 7  Buddhist iconography
  • Apr 14  What are pujas
  • Apr 21  Practising Dharma in daily life
  • May 5  Vegetarianism in Buddhism
  • May 12  The Four Noble Truths (I)
  • May 19  The Four Noble Truths (II)
  • May 26  Taking refuge
  • Jun 2  Ghosts, gods and the six realms
  • Jun 9  Eight verses of mind transformation
  • Jun 23  Karma and merit
  • Jun 30  Overcoming difficulties in daily life
  • Jul 7  Introduction to meditation
  • Jul 14  The Four Immeasurables
  • Jul 21  Lama Tsongkapa – Life and teachings
  • Jul 28  Lama Tsongkapa – Guru yoga
  • Aug 4  Dorje Shugden (I)
  • Aug 11  Dorje Shugden (II)
  • Oct 13  Possession, oracles and trances
  • Oct 20  Introduction to tantra
  • Oct 27  Vajrayogini
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Resident Monk

Novice monk, British ex-pat and lover of Buddhist philosophy. Frequently spotted wandering around Kechara Forest Retreat chanting mantras or with his head buried in a book at his desk.



Buddhist Pastor

Senior pastor, reluctant writer, lover of Buddhist art, published author, and longtime student of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Read more of his writings at

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