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Compassion and Wisdom

discovering buddhism

An in-depth exploration of

Buddhist psychology and philosphy

Discovering Buddhism is a two-year program comprising 14 modules that give a solid introduction to Buddhist psychology, philosophy, and practice. 

If you are interested in really immersing yourself in Buddhism, this is the program for you. The emphasis is on all material being applicable in daily life and helping us develop more joy and happiness and reduce our suffering.

Each module consists of several sessions with talks, guided meditations, and practice retreats led by our resident teacher Venerable Michael Yeshe. Students may do all or some of the 14 modules, as they wish. Those who complete all the components receive a completion card for that module.

The 14 modules of the program are:

  1. Mind and Its Potential (4 weeks) – starting 24 February 2021
  2. How to Meditate (6 weeks)
  3. Presenting the Path (8 weeks)
  4. The Spiritual Teacher (6 weeks)
  5. Death and Rebirth (6 weeks)
  6. All About Karma (4 weeks)
  7. Refuge in the Three Jewels (6 weeks)
  8. Establishing a Daily Practice (6 weeks)
  9. Samsara and Nirvana (7 weeks)
  10. How to Develop Bodhichitta (14 weeks)
  11. Transforming Problems (4 weeks) – starting 7 October 2020
  12. Wisdom of Emptiness (6 weeks) – starting 11 November 2020
  13. Introduction to Tantra (4 weeks)
  14. Special Integration Experiences (personal practice)

 

Comments from previous participants

I can recommend Discovering Buddhism to anyone who has an interest in Buddhism, both beginners and those who have been hanging around for a while.

The course feels solid and in-depth, good design with modules.

I especially appreciated our fine group, many rewarding conversations and reflections.

Good course and sense of community, meditations of various kinds, good discussions to understand the teaching with an experienced and knowledgeable teacher. You can be a beginner and keep up, so it’s been very rewarding.

Practical information and how to register

Information about the course date, language, last day of registration, and if the course is also given online, can be found in the respective event. This is also where you register for the course by purchasing a ticket.

Upcoming courses and retreats related to Discovering Buddhism

october

07oct18:0020:00Event OverTransforming problems: 4 week courseUnderstanding the mind is fundamental to all Buddhist practice. By transforming our minds we transform our experience. Science has also shown that by changing our minds we can change our brains. If we understand our mind we can uproot our deepest problems and cultivate our fullest potential. This is module 11 of the Discovering Buddhism study program.

10oct10:0016:00Event OverTransforming problems: One day courseIn this one day course, Venerable Michael Yeshe will give an overview of the subject Transforming problems, which is studied more in depth in module 11 of the Discovering Buddhism study program. The week end course suits both those who participate in Discovering Buddhism and those who are completely new.

november

07nov10:0016:00FeaturedMind and its potential: One day courseIn this one day course, Venerable Michael Yeshe will give an overview of the subject Mind and its potential, which is studied more in depth in module 1 of the Discovering Buddhism study program. The week end course suits both those who participate in Discovering Buddhism and those who are completely new.

11nov18:0020:30Wisdom of emptiness: 6 week courseEmptiness is the true nature of everything. But this does not mean that nothing exists. It means that everything arises in dependence upon other things, that nothing has its own essential nature. Not understanding emptiness is the root of all our suffering. This is module 12 of the Discovering Buddhism study program.

december

05dec10:0016:00Wisdom of emptiness: One day courseIn this one day course, Venerable Michael Yeshe will give an overview of the subject Wisdom of emptiness, which is studied more in depth in module 12 of the Discovering Buddhism study program. The week end course suits both those who participate in Discovering Buddhism and those who are completely new.

12dec10:0016:00Transforming problems: One day retreatA day of focused meditation practices from the Discovering Buddhism module Transforming problems. Open to everyone!

january

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february

24feb18:0020:00Mind and its potential: 4 week courseUnderstanding the mind is fundamental to all Buddhist practice. By transforming our minds we transform our experience. Science has also shown that by changing our minds we can change our brains. If we understand our mind we can uproot our deepest problems and cultivate our fullest potential. This is module 1 of the Discovering Buddhism study program.

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