Buddhism In A Nutshell


buddhism-nutshellBuddhism in a Nutshell is an introductory course on Buddhism for complete beginners.

It presents basic Buddhist philosophy and principles within the Tibetan Mahayana context, and provides simple meditation instruction.

Buddhism in a Nutshell is presented in five sessions and covers these basic principles of Buddhism:

  • Life of Shakyamuni Buddha; the similarities of Shakyamuni Buddha’s life to ours; how the Buddha answered the big “meaning of life” questions that we all have
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • The structure of the Four Noble Truths based on the medical model
  • Truth of Suffering — the diagnosis of our existential situation
  • Truth of the Cause of Suffering — karma, delusions, ignorance
  • Truth of the Cessation of Suffering — nirvana
  • Truth of the Path to the Cessation of Suffering — practices of the wisdom and methods taught by the Buddha
  • Buddha’s teachings in a gradual form for the practice of one individual … where to start, what next, etc.
  • What does it mean to be a Buddhist, an “inner being”
  • Specifics of the path: three principles of the path using Foundation of All Good Qualities
  • Different kinds of Buddhism: Theravadan, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Zen, Ch’an, Pure Land, etc.
  • Different schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Gelug, Kagyu, Sakya, Nyingma
  • A little history of Buddhism

You may also follow this program at home or online.