"A unique Being, an extraordinary Man arises in this world for the benefit of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the good, benefit and happiness of gods and men. Who is this Unique Being? It is the Tathagata, the Exalted, Fully Enlightened One." – Anguttara Nikaya. Pt. I, XIII P. 22
This course provides an introduction to the life of Shakyamuni Buddha, also known as "The Buddha", as well as a chronological introduction to the Teachings he expounded during his time on earth. This form of presentation provides class participants with an understanding of the time and space in which the Teachings of the Buddha evolved and also how these apply to modern day practitioners. The course begins with the birth of the Buddha and ends with his passing in his early 80s.
While the Buddhist Teachings represent a moral and philosophical system, it should not be studied in a strictly academic fashion. Putting these Teachings into practice actually presents the Buddhist Teachings in their true form by creating the causes and conditions for realization within one's self. Therefore, the objectives of this course are:
Class Text: "The Buddha and His Teachings", Venerable Narada Mahathera, Buddha Dharma Education Association, Inc. available at www.buddhanet.net for free download.
All classes or on Saturday from 10:30 AM to noon at Mindful Hands Gallery
January 28, 2011 - From Birth to Renunciation: His Struggle for Enlightenment. The Buddha.
February 11, 2012 - After Enlightenment: The Invitation to Expound the Dahmma (Sanskrit Dharma) .
February 25, 2012 - Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (Sanskrit Sutra)
March 10, 2012 - The Teaching of the Dhamma (Sanskrit Dharma)
March 24, 2012 - Review Project: The Buddha and His Relatives Part I
April 14, 2012 - The Buddha and His Relatives Part II
April 28, 2012 - The Buddha's Chief Opponents and Supporters
May 12, 2012 - Class Project (To be Determined) - The Buddha's Royal Patrons
May 26, 2012 - The Buddha's Ministry
June 9th, 2012 - The Buddha's Daily Routine
June 23, 2012 - The Buddha's Parinibbana (Death): Final Review. Class Closing.
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