Introduction to Buddhism

The term “Buddhism” refers to a vast religious and philosophical tradition. Its history spans over 2600 years, from its origin in India, through its spread to Asia and, more recently, to the West. Over half of the world’s population lives in areas where Buddhism is, or has been, a dominant cultural influence.  While Buddhism has virtually disappeared in India, it is still vibrant in three main areas in Asia: (i) countries such as Myanmar, Thailand, Sri-Lanka, Laos, and Cambodia influenced mainly by the Theravada School; (ii) countries such as China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam predominantly inspired by the Mahayana teachings; and (iii) the group of “Northern Buddhism” whose orientation is Vajrayana comprises Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal.

In its long history, Buddhism has used a variety of teachings to help people understand and transform their own suffering.  The path to this transformation has been the Dharma or the Buddha’s teachings, called also the path of understanding and love. This course will explore a number of fundamental notions that constitute a common heritage shared by the living Buddhist traditions, and the story of the Buddha and his teachings. The course emphasizes on the Mahayana tradition.

Instructor

Vinh Nguyen, Ph.D. has been a student of Zen Master and Nobel Peace prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh since 1987. Vinh received the Lamp of Transmission from his teacher in Plum Village in 1994. Vinh has worked as a professional engineer, University professor and research officer for 35 years before he took his early retirement in 2008. The Buddhist teachings have been a torch guiding his life.

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The term “Buddhism” refers to a vast religious and philosophical tradition. Its history spans over 2600 years, from its origin in India, through its spread to Asia and, more recently, to the West. Over half of the world’s population lives in areas where Buddhism is, or has been, a dominant cultural influence.  While Buddhism has virtually disappeared in India, it is still vibrant in three main areas in Asia: (i) countries such as Myanmar, Thailand, Sri-Lanka, Laos, and Cambodia influenced mainly by the Theravada School; (ii) countries such as China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam predominantly inspired by the Mahayana teachings; and (iii) the group of “Northern Buddhism” whose orientation is Vajrayana comprises Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal.

In its long history, Buddhism has used a variety of teachings to help people understand and transform their own suffering.  The path to this transformation has been the Dharma or the Buddha’s teachings, called also the path of understanding and love. This course will explore a number of fundamental notions that constitute a common heritage shared by the living Buddhist traditions, and the story of the Buddha and his teachings. The course emphasizes on the Mahayana tradition.

Instructor

Vinh Nguyen, Ph.D. has been a student of Zen Master and Nobel Peace prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh since 1987. Vinh received the Lamp of Transmission from his teacher in Plum Village in 1994. Vinh has worked as a professional engineer, University professor and research officer for 35 years before he took his early retirement in 2008. The Buddhist teachings have been a torch guiding his life.

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Introduction to Buddhism

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371

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March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017
19:00 - 21:00
$110.00
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