Intro to Buddhism Class

Our Next Classes Begin in Feb 2019.  Second Series starts May 2019

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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 – 2/14
First Response Paper  2/28

2nd Reading Period  2/28
2nd Response Paper  3/14

Discussion Group 3/20/2019


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.
In this wise and witty invitation to Buddhist meditation, Nichtern shows how, in order to create a truly compassionate and enlightened society, we must start with ourselves. And this means beginning by working with our own minds—in whatever state we find them in.

1st Reading Period – 3/14
First Response Paper 3/28

2nd Reading Period  3/28
2nd Response Paper   4/15

Discussion Group  TBD – More details coming.