Introduction to Discovering Buddhism program

The topics to be covered in Module 1 “Mind and its potential” are:

• Nature of mind: clear and knowing
• Identifying buddha nature (our potential for enlightenment)
• Mind as a beginningless and endless continuity
• Mind is not the brain
• Mind is not created by a superior being nor does it come from our parents
• Mind as the source of all our happiness and suffering
• Techniques for transforming the mind
• Precious human rebirth
• Introduction to the disturbing emotions and their opponents

Suggested readings for the Module “Mind and its Potential”:


“What is mind?” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“Happiness, karma, and mind” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“Everything comes from the mind” by Lama Thubten Yeshe

“Understanding the mind” by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Wish-fulfilling golden sun by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The text was compiled from students’ notes from the second Kopan meditation course, March 1972, and first published for the third Kopan course in the fall of 1972. 

Becoming your own therapist & Make your mind an ocean by Lama Yeshe

Review of the main concepts of Module 1

Required reading booklist for those who want a completion certificate

All “required” readings indicated on this list are requirements only for students following this program for a completion certificate, but you can use it as guidance if you want to read more.