Buddhism & Buddhist Practice Class


Welcome to Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship’s   Buddhism and Buddhist Practice Class. This class is offered twice a year.   This course is primarily for those who already have a basic understanding of Buddhist concepts and want to explore Buddhism as a practice and even explore the possibility of becoming a Buddhist. One thing that makes this course a little different is that it is more focused on a personal spiritual discovery rather than scholarly study. 

The text we use for this course is a wonderful book by Ethan Nictern from the Shambala tradition. The Kirkus review says about this book,

“A wise, humane, and deeply sympathetic introduction to the practice of Buddhism . . . Those wondering what Buddhism is all about will find plenty to think about in these pages, which make for a gentle and user-friendly invitation to explore further . . . Thoughtful and helpful alike.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Our class is facilitated by Gretchen Saiyo Sensei and other guest Senseis


Class Outline

The class is an 8 1/2 -week course. There will be five response papers( more of a reading journal) and five group discussion groups four online and the final one in-person.  If you interested please contact me at sensei@saltlakebuddhist.org  with Buddhism and Buddhist Practice Class in the subject line.

Note: There is no cost for the class. 

Our text. 

The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path Ethan Nichtern  (228 pages)

Do you feel at home right now? Or do you sense a hovering anxiety or uncertainty, an underlying unease that makes you feel just a bit uncomfortable, a bit distracted and disconnected from those around you?

In The Road Home, Ethan Nichtern, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, investigates the journey each of us takes to find where we belong. Drawing from contemporary research on meditation and mindfulness and his experience as a Buddhist teacher and practitioner, Nichtern describes in fresh and deeply resonant terms the basic existential experience that gives rise to spiritual seeking—and also to its potentially dangerous counterpart, spiritual materialism. He reveals how our individual quests for self-awareness ripple forward into relationships, communities, and society at large. And he explains exactly how, by turning our awareness to what’s happening around us and inside us, we become able to enhance our sense of connection with others and, at the same time, change for the better our individual and collective patterns of greed, apathy, and inattention.

Course Time Frames

1st Reading Period –  9 /1 Pages 3-56
1st  Response Paper – 9 / 15
Online Meeting TBD

2nd Reading Period – 9/15 Pages 57-107
2nd Response Paper –  10 /30
Online Meeting TBD

3rd Reading Period –  8 /30 Pages 107 – 159
3rd Response Paper – 9/14
Online Meeting TBD

4 the Reading Period – 9/14 Pages 159 – 200
4th Response Paper –  9/30
Online Meeting TBD

5th Reading Period –  9/30 Pages 200 -259
5th Response Paper – 10/15
In- Person Meeting TBD

Any question please reach out to me at sensei@saltlakebuddhist.org