Introduction to Buddhism 2019

 Introduction to Buddhism 2019

Introduction to Buddhism 2019

Oct 30, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“We’re cultivating our intelligence as opposed to expanding or upgrading its contents. It’s like brightening a room by putting a higher-watt light bulb in a lamp. Suddenly we can see everything in the room much more clearly.”
— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Introduction to Buddhism

Wednesdays, September 4 to December 18, 2019

7:00 to 8:30 pm

Introduction to Buddhism a 16-week cycle of teachings on introductory and foundational Buddhist topics, exploring the basic principles of Buddhism and lay the foundation for deeper studies, including being introduced to the views of different Buddhist schools.

All are welcome!

The courses are free; donations are accepted.

Students may also attend these classes on a drop in basis.

Also streamed on the Nalanda West Facebook page.  Recordings posted for three weeks following the session.

The accompanying sourcebooks by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche are available for purchase at the Nalanda Store.  It is recommended that the class readings be done prior to each class. The bookstore is generally open Wednesdays 6:15-7:00 PM, Sundays 12:00-1:00 PM, and some weekday evenings. Please check the online calendar.

 Wednesdays, September 4 – December 18, 2019

 Buddhism 100 – The Life of the Buddha and the Spiritual Journey

September 4: “The Buddha was not a Buddhist”

September 11: “Poverty Mentality and True Freedom”

September 18: “The World of Suffering and the Human Condition”

September 25: “Taming the Monkey Mind”


Buddhism 102 – Traveling from Confusion to Original Sanity

October 2: “The Path is the Goal”

October 9: “The Play of Confusion and Sanity” (aka “The Four Truths”)

October 16: “Trips of Confusion: Working with Emotions I”

October 23: “Trips of Confusion: Working with Emotions II”


Buddhism 103 – Karma, Rebirth, and Selflessness

October 30: “The Four Seals of the Buddha’s Teaching I” –Impermanence, Suffering

November 6: “The Four Seals of the Buddha’s Teaching II” – No self, Freedom

November 13: “The Four Reminders”

November 20: “The Spiritual Friend: Connecting with Buddha’s Heart”


Buddhism 104 – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

No class on November 27

December 4: “The Practice of Fourfold Mindfulness and the Mindfulness of Body”

December 11: “The Mindfulness of Feelings”

December 18:  “The Mindfulness of Mind” and “The Mindfulness of Phenomena”

Presented by Nalandabodhi Seattle