Intro to Buddhism Class

Our Next Classes Begin in May 2018.  Second Series starts August 2018

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Welcome to Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship’s Intro to Buddhism which is offered three times a year.  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 two reading assignments, four response papers, and two group discussions. If you interested please contact me at sensei@saltlakebuddhist.org  with Intro to Buddhism Class in the subject line.

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

In this wise and witty invitation to Buddhist teachings 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.

1st Reading Period – 5/14
First Response Paper  6/01

2nd Reading Period  06/01
2nd Response Paper  6/ 21

Discussion Group  Thursday, June 21st  Millcreek Library. 6:30pm to 8 pm

 

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 the 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.

1st Reading Period – 6/21
First Response Paper 7/7

2nd Reading Period  7/7
2nd Response Paper   7/21

Discussion Group  TBD – More details coming.