with Don Isaacson
Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
January 25 – February 15, 2021
All times are PST (Pacific Standard Time).
Are you interested in Buddhism but don't know where to begin? Have you heard words like dharma and karma and samsara thrown around and wondered what they mean or why they matter? Would you like a quick overview of Buddhism without making a long-term commitment? This is the course for you!
This course provides a general presentation of basic Buddhist concepts and practices within the Tibetan Mahayana context, together with an introduction to meditation practice. It provides an introduction to the major terms and concepts of Buddhism — a quick tour of the basics to enable you to take the next steps if you want more:
Don Isaacson is an advanced Dharma student having followed the FPMT Basic Program courses in person for many years, and the FPMT Masters Program online, 2008 to 2013. Don currently serves on the Board of Directors at Vajrapani Institute in Boulder Creek and Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center, where he has taught classes and led meditation for many years.
Buddhism in a Nutshell: Essentials for Practice and Study
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Ven. Amy Miller
available from the FPMT store
This book combines well-chosen essential teachings by the Tibetan masters Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche supplemented with teachings by American nun, Ven. Amy Miller to provide a wonderful overview of many of the key points of the path to enlightenment (lamrim).