Buddhism 1.0: The Buddha – His Life and Teachings

Wesleyan University has suspended all in-person classes and campus activities due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health situation. As a consequence, all BFF of CT on-campus activities are also suspended until further notice.  This includes our Practice & Talk meetings, Buddhist Family Practice Group, and our Buddhist courses.

Class dates: April 26 & May 31, 2020

Time: 10:30 am – Noonish

Registration is open until April 15, 2020

Location: FEAS Room/Main Practice Room

This inspirational 2-session course will cover the life, ministry, and basic teachings of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. This will be an opportunity to learn about one of humanity’s greatest and most influential spiritual teachers though a biographic novel of his search for enlightenment and the end of suffering.

As an introductory course, it will cover the cultural background, history, legends, and basic teachings of one of the world’s most compelling stories. The sources of the course will integrate both Theravada and Mahayana traditions. Open to beginners and veteran practitioners who are looking for a refresher course. Limited enrollment.

Pre-requisites: none

Teacher: Our founding teacher, Senpai Daishin has over 30 years of experience in Buddhist practice and has an ability of making complex concepts simple and easy to understand for those unfamiliar with the core teachings of Buddhism.

Book: Students will need to purchase the following book, The Buddha: A Story of an Awakened Life by David Kherdian. Students are responsible to purchase the book from 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 and reflection 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 designed to help you to understand the biographies of the Buddha and his disciples and the core of the teachings.  Rev. Senpai will provide the cultural and historical context, and other information to help students gain a real sense of the topic.

Practice & Talks Attendance:  We highly recommend that while taking the Buddhism 1.0 Course: The Buddha – His Life & Teachings, students should also strive to attend the Practice & Talk meetings starting at 9 a.m. for the duration of the course.  Topics of talks and discussions plus practices will correspond with the information presented in course; the Practice and Talk meetings 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 an educational experience that encompasses the mind, body, and senses, as well as, a sense of community with fellow practitioners, called the sangha. 

Our Practice & Talk meetings gather twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, just before each class.

Meeting times: Classes begin at 10:30 a.m. for up to 1.5 hours.

Costs: $65 for non-members and $55 for supporting members for the 2 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 PolicyDisclaimer of Responsibility below.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION for both Buddhism 1.0 Course: The Buddha – His Life & Teachings and the Buddhism 1.0 Seminar: Disciples of the Buddha will receive a 10% discount.

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, volunteer or employee providing services included in this course.


“I think the courses are great – especially based on the price of tuition. You can’t find anything like them in Connecticut. Can’t beat it. Great job.”

– Mandy Simpson, Glastonbury, CT

Before taking the Buddhism 1.0 courses, I thought I already knew the basics of Buddhism and the life of the Buddha. Nonetheless, I actually learned a lot of very valuable and essential information and had reread a couple of the books and begun attending the Practice and Talk Meetings regularly. The teacher, Rev. Senpai Daishin was incredibly experienced and knowledgeable in the dharma and the chance to meet other individuals on a similar spiritual path was a huge advantage- since taking the courses I have made several good friends.”

Tyler Chamberlin – Fairfield, CT