Intro to Buddhism Class

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

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Welcome to Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship’s Intro to Buddhism which is offered three times a year.  The goal of the course is focused more on developing a personal spiritual journey rather than scholarly study. Whether a seasoned practitioner or completely new to Buddhism.  That being said, you will also 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.

No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners: Clear Answers to Burning Questions About Core Buddhist Teachings.  
by Noah Rasheta  (146 pages)

How is an awakening different from enlightenment? Can agnostics and atheists be Buddhist? Am I supposed to stop thinking when I meditate? In No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners, Buddhism teacher, Bright Dawn Lay Minister and host of the popular Secular Buddhism podcast, Noah Rasheta, delivers an easily accessible introduction to the teachings of Buddhism that answers these common questions and many more.

Presented in a simple, conversational style, the information and guidance in No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners provides the groundwork that is necessary for building or continuing your own Buddhist practice.

1st Reading Period – 8/14
First Response Paper  9/01

2nd Reading Period  09/01
2nd Response Paper  09/20

Discussion Group  9/25/2018

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.