Welcome to our Beginning Buddhism course schedule
If you would like to know a little about Buddhism and how it relates to our daily lives, these courses offer a gentle introduction. They include workshops on meditation, dealing with disturbing emotions, and courses on basic Buddhist ideas. They are suitable for everyone.
Buddhist Beliefs Series
Find out what Buddhists believe about life, the universe and everything. This series is designed for those curious to know the Buddhist take on big issues such as existence, reincarnation and karma through the lens of everyday living.
Informed by the book “Approaching the Buddhist Path” by The Dalai Lama and FPMT Teacher Ven Thubten Chodron, this series has a framework that allows students to explore a Buddhist way of life in a fun and informal way. Through discussion, stories and guided meditation students will explore:
¨ What makes Buddhism different to other religions?
¨ How can such an ancient philosophy be relevant today?
¨ How do Buddhists live day to day?
¨ What is the mind?
¨ What about reincarnation?
¨ What did the Buddha say?
¨ Are we all connected?
Bring along your questions, moral dilemmas and curiosity as we find out what makes Buddhists tick. Everyone is welcome to join these open conversations. Courses are held monthly on Sunday’s between 9.30am and 12.00pm.
January Buddhist Beliefs: What makes Buddhism different to other Religions with Ven Gyalten Dondrup
Join us for a morning of conversation, questions and meditation as Ven. Dondrup shares key concepts and beliefs that inform a Buddhist approach to life. Everyone is welcome. In today’s sessions we’ll explore how Buddhism is different to other religions and what that means at a day to day level for most Buddhists. The session will end with a guided meditation as a way of exploring this concept.
Ven. Gyalten Dondrup is an Australian Buddhist monk who first discovered Buddhism in Nepal in 1998. Since then, he has been involved with Chenrezig Institute and Langri Tangpa Centre. In 2014 he was ordained by H.E. Choden Rinpoche and currently works at Karuna Hospice Service. He is known for his fun and down to earth approach to exploring the Dharma.
Crafting a Life of Fulfillment
Genuine fulfilment comes when we change our focus from what we can get out of life and instead focus on what we can bring to it. The Buddhas teachings flow around this central theme gently guiding us to take responsibility for our own happiness by focusing on how we relate to others in our world.
The Crafting a Life of Fulfillment series explores the core topics of Buddhism in an accessible and logical sequence, giving you tools to invite a deeper level of satisfaction and meaning into your life. This foundational course will introduce students to ideas and practical strategies that everyone can relate to and use.
Throughout the year we’ll explore these themes:
Meet your Mind
Meditation and Medication
Following a Path
Connecting with a Mentor
Death, Rebirth and Reincarnation
Emerging from Dissatisfaction: Samsara and Nirvana
Bodhichitta: Opening the Heart
Emptiness: Dissolving the Ego
Join us for the whole course or come along to any of the stand-alone topics. You’ll hear new ideas, connect with like-minded people and have plenty of time to ask questions relating the themes to your everyday life. This course is suitable for everyone who’d like to experience a more meaningful and happy life.
Ven. Chokyi is a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, ordained in 2006 by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She has been teaching meditation and Buddhism since 2006 including Discovering Buddhism and has also led several successful annual retreats for Chenrezig Institute. Prior to ordination, she taught at university and in the community sector for over 20 years.
Courses are held monthly on Saturdays between 9.00am and 3.00pm
Facility Fee $55
Make a Day of It
Our Buddhist Beliefs and Creating Compassion series make a great day out for those wanting to start exploring Buddhism and Mediation. Book in for lunch and enjoy a whole day of learning new things and meeting new people for just $52.50