Buddhism for Beginners part 2

(Excluding the 23rd Febuary)

In the course we will look at aspects of the Three Jewels

The Buddha

  • Gautama’s life from warrior prince to Enlightened Being.
  • Exploring the Man, the Myth, and the Archetype.
  • Opening up to The Buddha’s experience,  quest and vision.

The Dharma 

‘Thus have I heard………’  The Dharma from its oral tradition to the Sutras.

  • The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.
  • Suttas and  practices :  
  • The Satipatthana Sutta and Mindfulness of Breathing.
  •  The  Karaniya Metta Sutta and Metta Bhavana 
  • Mahayana Buddhism  and Truth beyond words. 

The Sangha 

  • Looking at the spiritual community around the Triratna Community and Order.  Centres provide a context, giving us the opportunity of giving and receiving mutual support for our deepening practice.
  • Introducing the Archetypal Buddha and the Bodhisattvas.  Looking into the realms of purity that can be discovered in the depths of meditation with imagination.
  • The Buddha from Beyond. Looking beyond what can be imagined. Here we will discuss and explore the place of ritual in Buddhism and in particular the place of Puja.