Buddhism 1.0: Achieving Happiness

Class dates: April 28, May 19 & June 23

Time: 10:30 am – Noon

Registration is open until April 14, 2019

Limited Enrollment

Location: FEAS Room/Main Practice Room

So you want to be happy. How can you realize lasting happiness? This course will explore the Buddha’s 10 Perfections, his foundational teachings for realizing true happiness and the good life.

Achieving Happiness will meet 3 times over a 3-month period.  The course is divided into three classes based on Buddhist philosophy and practices: The foundations of happiness, the Perfections (paramis), and their practice. Open to beginners and veteran practitioners who are looking for a refresher course. Limited enrollment.

The 10 Perfections, the qualities of mind (virtues) that cultivate happiness, wisdom, and compassion, serve as the Buddha’s alternative path to his well-known Noble Eightfold Path. The course will look into the subtleties of each perfections and offer helpful exercises, real-life examples, and instructions for an independent self-retreat for their practical application.

The 10 Perfections are:

  • Generosity
  • Ethical Integrity
  • Renunciation
  • Wisdom
  • Wise Effort
  • Patience
  • Truthfulness
  • Resolve
  • Loving-Kindness
  • Equanimity

Whether you are someone who is just beginning or a veteran Buddhist, this pragmatic course will help you bring achieve greater happiness and wisdom in your life and give you are better understanding of the core of the Buddha’s teachings.

Teacher: Our founding teacher, Senpai Daishin is well-known to make complex concepts simple and easy to understand for those unfamiliar with the core teachings of Buddhism; likewise the course’s book, Life is Spiritual Practice is an easy to read guide that lays out each of the Perfections in a clear and practical way.

Pre-requisites: None. Open to the general public, curious or new to Buddhism, and veteran practitioners.

Book: Students will need to purchase the book, Life is Spiritual Practice by Jean Smith, 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 short assignments with guided questions based on the readings; Instructions 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 designed to help you understand and practice the teachings for daily living while class-time offers reflections on the assignments, lecture, and additional guided instruction.

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. Our Practice and Talks 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: $95 for non-members and $75 for supporting members for 3 sessions.

Meeting times: Classes begin at 10:30 a.m. The April 28th class will be 1.5 hours in duration while the May and June classes may be  between 1  – 1 1/2 hour in duration.

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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