Class dates: April 22, May 13 & June 24
Time: 10:30 am – Noonish
open until April 3, 2018 extended to April 9th
Location: FEAS Room/Main Practice Room
Buddhism 1.0 Course: Basics Practices & Teachings will meet 3 times over a 3 month period. It will offer a comprehensive guide for living the Buddhist teachings that allows practitioners to flourish with clarity, happiness, and well-being. Open to beginners and veteran practitioners who are looking for a refresher course. Limited enrollment.
Students will learn how to practice mindfulness (sati) whether they are working, eating, parenting, driving, walking, or simply sitting and breathing, with the aim to fully enjoy life’s gifts and to better cope with life’s challenges wherever they are. Furthermore, students will explore in a clear and concrete way the fundamentals of the Buddha’s core teachings, the Four Noble Truths and The Noble Eightfold Path, and their methods to live a happier and flourishing life through reflection and meditation.
This Buddhism 1.0 course module covers a 3 month period in order to help students experience a variety of mindfulness practices and deepen their knowledge of the Buddha’s basics teachings. Also, the duration of this module offers students exposure to needed community practice; students are encouraged to attend our twice a month Practice and Talk Meetings that gather prior to the classes at 9 am.
Teacher: Our founding teacher, Senpai Daishin has 30 years of experience with Buddhism and has a knack of making complex concepts simple and easy to understand for those unfamiliar with the core teachings of Buddhism. Additionally, the courses’ books, Happiness and The Four Noble Truths are insightful explorations of the dharma (Buddhist teachings) that lays out the basics in a clear fashion for anyone to comprehend.
Books: Students will need to purchase the book, Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices by Thich Nhat Hanh, and the classic The Four Noble Truths by Ajahn Sumedho; students are responsible to purchase Happiness from his/her favorite bookstore or online bookseller. We suggest purchasing the book, Happiness, as soon as you register in order to allow you enough time to complete the first reading assignment. As for The Four Noble Truths or you may get it online free of charge as a PDF here or get a free of charge hard copy at the BFF of Ct in Middletown after our Sunday morning practice (last time on March 25); we will not send via post mail the free copy.
Assignments: There will be short assignments with guided reading questions based on the readings; they will be emailed to the students. Please, try to do as much of each assignment as possible and bring them to the class. Assignments have been created to help you to understand and practice the teachings for 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.
Meeting times: Classes begin at 10:30 a.m. The April 22nd is 1.5 hours in duration while the May 14th and June 24th classes will be 1 hour in duration.
Costs: $75 for non-members and $55 for supporting members for the 3 sessions.
Membership: to become a supporting member of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship and receive course discounts and other benefits, visit here.
Register: I read and agree with the Refund Policy & Disclaimer of Responsibility below.
Retaking Buddhism 1.0: Basic Practices and Teachings? If you already took this course in 2017 and wish to retake it as a refresher course, we are asking for a nominal donation of either $20 or $25 to help cover costs.
No refunds are granted for no shows or cancellations except if course, workshop, retreat or program is withdrawn by BFF of CT. By registering to any course, workshop or retreat, you acknowledge and agree with our Refund Policy.
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.
Disclaimer of Responsibility: By registering for this program. I, the course member, specifically waive any and all claims of action against the Buddhist Faith Fellowship, Inc. and staff for damages, loss, injury, accident, or death due to negligence on the part of any organization or employee providing services included in this course, organization or employee providing included in this course.
“This class added an immense value to my life.”- Kathy Brown, Wallingford, CT
“This is the very best of what the BFF of Ct offers.” – Dean Kozlowski, South Windsor, CT
“This course has inspired me to meditate every day and to be more kind and generous. I’m happier because of it.” – Alan Esposito, Middletown, CT
“I learned many things during this course and I can see improvement in my life. I am most grateful.” – Teresa Nunes, Hartford, CT