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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.
- Language: English & Chinese
- Prerequisites: None
- Duration: 1 year
- Schedule: Click here
- Members: Free
- Non-members: RM50 per month
- June 11 – Introduction to Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara
- June 18 – Life of the Buddha
- June 25 – Overview of Buddhism
- July 2 – Overview of Tibetan Buddhism
- July 9 – Statues, altars and offerings
- July 16 – Buddhist Iconography
- July 23 – What are pujas
- July 30 – Practising Dharma in daily life
- Aug 6 – Vegetarianism in Buddhism
- Aug 13 – Introduction to tantra
- Aug 20 – Karma and merit
- Sep 10 – Taking refuge
- Sep 17 – Ghosts, gods and the Six Realms
- Sep 24 – The Four Noble Truths (I)
- Oct 1 – The Four Noble Truths (II)
- Oct 8 – Overcoming difficulties in daily life
- Oct 15 – Eight verses of mind transformation
- Oct 22 – Introduction to meditation
- Oct 29 – The Four Immeasurables
- Nov 5 – Lama Tsongkapa – Life and teachings
- Nov 12 – Lama Tsongkapa – Guru yoga
- Nov 19 – Dorje Shugden (I)
- Nov 26 – Dorje Shugden (II)
- Dec 3 – Possession, oracles and trances
- Dec 10 – Vajrayogini
GEN LOBSANG PHULJUNG
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.
Senior pastor, reluctant writer, lover of Buddhist art, published author, and longtime student of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Read more of his writings at davidlai.me.
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