Our next Discovering Buddhism Module will begin
Sunday, September 22
11:30 am – 1 pm
We will be offering FPMT Discovering Buddhism
Refuge in the 3 Jewels
This module stands alone. You do not have to have taken any previous modules although a bit of a background in Buddhism is helpful.
Refuge in the Three Jewels is the seventh of fourteen modules being offered in the Discovering Buddhism program. This is a key topic in the Buddhadharma. It is the entrance to the path, the practice that leads to liberation and enlightenment. It is important and a beautiful topic to study, understand and especially to practice.
In this module you will be informed about what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha), and the essential practices of refuge. You will find out more about the advantage of taking lay vows and their role in enhancing our spiritual growth.
The more we understand that our mind is the key, the more we understand the need to find a perfect refuge, something completely reliable. We want confidence that there is a particular refuge that can protect us from that suffering. On the basis of acknowledging our own suffering we can consider taking refuge refuge in the Buddha and in the Buddha’s teachings and following them.
In other words we seek our own inner refuge, our own basic goodness. The more we have a refuge in the outer Buddha, we take refuge in our basic goodness that exists right now. Our basic goodness and basic wisdom and our basic ability not to harm ourselves or others. We want to practice this in our daily lives.
All courses and classes at Gendun Drubpa Centre are offered by donation.
We ask that you register your participation with us so that we can plan seating and snacks.
We will check with you again before classes start to make sure that nothing has changed and you are still planning to join us. If you do change your mind after registering, please let us know so we may offer that seat to someone else.
Please register me for Module 7 – Refuge in the 3 Jewels
About the FPMT Discovering Buddhism Program
Discovering Buddhism is a 14 module correspondence course. Students can choose to participate on a casual basis or to pursue a certificate of completion for each module by participating in retreats, meditations, reading translations and texts, and listening to lectures. This program is not designed as an academic study of Buddhism but is intended to change a person’s life.
Each Discovering Buddhism module consists of teachings, meditations and practices, readings, assessment and quiz questions, and a short retreat. Students may do some or all of these components of each course, as they wish and are interested. Those who complete all the components receive a completion card for that course. When all fourteen modules have been completed, students receive a certificate of completion!
The 14 Discovering Buddhism Modules
1. Mind and Its Potential
Examine the mind and how it creates happiness and suffering. Learn to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes to create a positive and joyous mind!
2. How to Meditate
Learn the definition and purpose of meditation, how to sit, how to set up a meditation session, different meditation techniques, and how to deal with obstacles to meditation.
3. Presenting the Path
Get an overview of the entire Tibetan Buddhist path to awakening. Study the life story of the Buddha and discover a unique system for putting Buddhist philosophy into practice – the lam-rim, or “graduated path to enlightenment.”
4. The Spiritual Teacher
Investigate the role of the teacher on the spiritual path: the need for a teacher, the qualities of teacher and student, and how to relate to a teacher for greatest benefit.
5. Death and Rebirth
Explore the process of death and rebirth and its impact on how we live our lives. Learn to fulfill your purpose in life, resolve conflicts, and develop the skills to help yourself and others at death.
6. All About Karma
Learn the essential facts about the law of cause and effect. Explore ways to deal with life most effectively and take control of your future!
7. Refuge in the Three Jewels
Find out what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels and the essential practices of refuge. Learn about the advantage of taking lay vows and their role in enhancing our spiritual growth.
8. Establishing a Daily Practice
Assemble the tools you need to develop a successful daily practice and find out the elements necessary to generate realizations. Get some tips for making every action meaningful.
9. Samsara and Nirvana
Investigate what “samsara” is and how we are stuck in it. Find out what “nirvana” is and how to achieve it. Learn how to be free from suffering and empower yourself with practical tools to deal with and eliminate disturbing emotions forever.
10. How to Develop Bodhichitta
Discover practices that develop our innate qualities of compassion. Learn to apply these techniques to generate the mind of bodhichitta, known as the very heart of Buddha’s teachings.
11. Transforming Problems
Learn the disadvantages of self-cherishing and the advantages of cherishing others. Learn to employ the special techniques of mind training (lojong) to transform problems into happiness.
12. Wisdom of Emptiness
The realization of emptiness is crucial for the attainment of liberation and enlightenment. Learn to develop calm abiding and different methods of meditation on emptiness.
13. Introduction to Tantra
Learn what tantra is, how it works, and why it is a powerful form of practice. Get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra and learn to practice simple Kriya tantric methods. Learn to integrate tantra with lam-rim meditation for optimal results.
14. Special Integration Experiences
By undertaking intensive practices of purification and a two-week lam-rim retreat, you prepare your mind in the best way to realize the path to enlightenment. Purification practices include: 100,000 prostrations, 3-month Vajrasattva retreat, and Nyung Nä. This is a great way to seal the blessings of this program!