Buddhism 1.0: Discovering a Philosophy of Life

Class dates: January 22nd and February 26th

Time: 10:30 am – Noonish

CLOSED – However see 1.0 Basic Practices and Teachings starting in April

Limited Enrollment

Location: FEAS Room/Main Practice Room

Discover Buddhism as a timeless philosophy of life, that is existential, intuitive, and most importantly, learn how it offers effective techniques for working with our real life’s situations and coping with the blessings and challenges we share. Uncover an ancient wisdom and path of inner freedom that reveal the inherent beauty and worth in every person, and awaken the mind to the wonder of this world. With our founding teacher Senpai Daishin, examine many of the 84,000 doors to the Dharma, the Way of Understanding and Love.


Our introductory Buddhism 1.0 aims to be a lucid and helpful overview of this ancient path that is both practical and inspirational.  1.0 has been designed with the intention to illuminate the path for beginners as well as for those who need a refresher course.

While this course emphasizes the fundamental Buddhist teachings as a life philosophy, Buddhism cannot be divorced from its practice; therefore, students will be introduced to mindfulness, the art of stopping and cultivating joy, letting go, the practice of compassionate listening, and sitting meditation.

Teacher: Our founding teacher, Senpai Daishin has a knack of making complex concepts simple and easy to understand for those unfamiliar with the core teachings of Buddhism likewise the course’s book, The Heart of the Buddhist Teachings is an insightful exploration of the dharma (Buddhist teachings) that lays out the basics in a clear fashion for anyone to comprehend.

Pre-requisites: none

Book: Students will need to purchase the book, The Heart of the Buddhist Teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh, separately through his/her favorite bookstore or online bookseller. We suggest purchasing the book as soon as you register in order to allow you enough time to complete the first reading assignment.

Assignments: There will be two assignments with guided reading questions. Both of them will be emailed to the students.  Please, try to do as much of the assignment as possible and bring it to the class. Assignments have been created to help you practice the teachings in daily living while class-time offers guided instruction on the path and its practices that bring to life Buddhism as a culture of awakening.

Practice & Talks Attendance:  We highly recommend that while taking the Buddhism 1.0 course, students should also strive to attend the Practice & Talk meetings starting at 9 a.m. for the duration of the course.  Topics of talks or discussions plus practices will correspond with the information presented in course; so the P & Ts will reinforce what is learned in class. It is important to understand that Buddhism is more than just an intellectual exploration or a belief system but it is visceral experience that encompasses the mind, body, and senses, as well as, a sense of community with fellow practitioners, called the sangha.  Our Practice & Talk meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. Also, if you are part of our Buddhist Family Practice or our 12 Step Buddhist Group then your attendance in those groups will be acceptable.

Costs: $50 for non-members and $40 for supporting members for 2 sessions.

Membership: to become a supporting member of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship and receive course discounts and other benefits, visit here.

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If a student wishes to cancel his/her registration to any course, workshop or retreat, the BFF of CT may provide credit to the student toward another corresponding future course, workshop or retreat taken with the Fellowship. The student needs to provide a written request for credit sent via email to the BFF of CT one week prior to the first day of class, workshop or retreat. Credit toward a course will only be granted for one year after the date of cancellation.

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