Our introductory Buddhism 1.0 course offers participants the basics teachings and practices to beginners or for those who need a refresher course. We have divided the course into six modules. Our Buddhism 1.0: Discover a Way of Life provides an excellent overview of the fundamentals of Buddhism with some basic mindfulness and sitting meditation instruction. Our Buddhism 1.0: A Toolbox of Practices and Teachings looks at The Four Noble Truths with a focus on essential mindfulness practices such as mindfulness and sitting, voice, eating, and walking meditation, telephone and hugging meditation, dealing with anger, and deep listening and speaking. Our third module Buddhism 1.0: The Eight Steps to Happiness explores the wisdom and morality teachings, and mental discipline of the Noble Eightfold Path and how to live it in 21st century America. Our fourth module Buddhism 1.0: Achieving Happiness drills into the ten paramis (paramitas) or virtues of Buddhism as the essential elements of the bodhisattva path. Our fifth module, titled, Buddhism 1.0: Life of the Buddha, covers the inspirational life and teachings of the historical Buddha through a historical novel. Finally, our sixth module, Buddhism 1.0 Seminar: Disciples of the Buddha provides a survey of the lives and teachings of monastic and lay followers of the historical Buddha.
IMPORTANT: These modules will be reoccurring so if you missed one of them, you will be able to take the other sometime in the future; they are not separate or sequential modules but are of the same course, so it does not matter which one you begin taking first.
Each course teaches the core Buddhism in a non-sectarian way by one of Connecticut’s most experienced Buddhist teachers, Senpai Daishin, while presenting a practical, insightful and inspirational look on how to live the dharma (teachings) in the 21st century. If you are serious about walking the Buddhist path, we highly recommend attending both Buddhism 1.0 modules on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. See schedule and other specific details.
Our classes are held in the unique meditation space at the College of East Asian Studies in Middletown, CT. You might have to go to Japan to experience a similar traditional atmosphere. The room is adorned with lightly colored wood with traditional designs that create a serene ambiance that soothes the mind and senses. An entire wall is a clear glass window that overlooks a spectacular Zen garden and adjacent tatami room.
“Taking the Buddhism 1.0 modules have helped me immensely! Senpai is a caring and fantastic teacher. This course is well worth your time and energy.” – R. Sanders, Wethersfield, CT
“I’ve taken other courses and classes with other sanghas and even online, and these modules were by far the most helpful and most practical.”- A. Kowalski, Southington, CT