Intro to Buddhism Class

Our Classes Begin in October 2017. 

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Welcome to Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship’s Intro to Buddhism.  Gain a good basic understanding of Buddhism from an “everyday practice” perspective and an introduction to the Bright Dawn Way of oneness. This is a 12 week course with a 4 book response papers and four group discussions. If you interested please contact me at sensei@saltlakebuddhist.org

 

American Buddhism by Gyomay Kubose (36 pages and)  and Wisdom; Compassion; Serenity: First Steps on the Buddhist Path by M. Sekiyo Sullivan 92 pages)

These two short books give a thorough but concise introduction to Buddhism from and everyday western perspective. Gyomay Sensei clears up some common misconceptions of Buddhism and M. Sekiyo Sullivan, Sensei with Bright Dawn Center for Oneness Buddhism, helps readers understand foundations of Buddhism like the Noble Eightfold Path, Dependent Origination, Impermanence and Not-Self by approaching them through the characteristics of the enlightened mind, wisdom, compassion and serenity. Rather than simply giving descriptions and explanations, however, Sekiyo Sensei gives commonsense guidance on how to put these teachings into practice in everyday life.

Reading Period – 10/1 to 10/15

Response Paper Due 10/15

Discussion Group  10/25 -630 pm to 8 pm – (Will also available for  webcast / conference call).

 

The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path by Ethan Nichtern  (288 pages)

In this wise and witty invitation to Buddhist meditation, Ethan Nichtern, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, investigates the journey each of us takes to find where we belong. Nichtern describes in fresh language the basic existential experience that gives rise to spiritual seeking―and its potentially dangerous counterpart, spiritual materialism. 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.

 Reading Period – 10/15 to 11/19

Response Paper Due 11/19

Discussion Group  Wednesday Nov 22nd  – 630 pm to 8 pm (Will also available for  webcast / conference call).

 

 Everyday Suchness: Buddhist Essays on Everyday Living by Gyomay M Kubose  (142 pages)

A classic collection of short articles first published in 1967, hailed as one of the most significant books in Buddhism because of its simple explanations and reference to everyday life A good book that expresses elements from Zen and Shinshu Buddhism. One of its main points is about negation and non-dichotomization. Negation of self is not compared with or opposed to affirmation of self. Non-ego or non-self or nothingness is not compared with or opposed to anything that is. The very negation of self is the “other” power within the Shinshu tradition. Only through complete negation can the comprehensive truth or absolute be expressed. Shinshu chants are an expression of this and of gratitude for the Buddha’s realization of this..

Reading Period – 11/19 to 12/10

Response Paper Due 12/10

Discussion Group  CHANGED TO  12/20  Also available on Facebook Live.

 

Bright Dawn: Discovering Your Everyday Spirituality by S.K. Kubose. (152 pages)

Accompany Rev. S. Koyo Kubose as he prepares for an early morning run along the shore of Lake Michigan in Evanston, Illinois. In each chapter of the book, Rev. Kubose masterly weaves Buddhist teachings into his seemingly mundane preparation to greet the sunrise. While brushing his teeth, tying his shoes, gazing at the sky, water, and trees along the running path, he delves into the core of what it means to be human: living with grace, perseverance, and gratitude. He presents teachings of awareness and mindfulness that inspire the reader.

Reading Period – 12/10 to 01/08

Response Paper Due 01/08

Discussion Group  01/10  Also available on Facebook Live.