【Building A Beautiful Foundation】

- An Introduction to Buddhism, Lam Rim

Online Participation Certificate Course

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If you are interested in Buddhism and don't know how to start, this course is for you! 

When we visit a house………we never walk in, point to the ground and say ''Oh, the foundation is sooo beautiful!''. Yet it is very important, so the house doesn’t sink or fall apart... in order for the house to stand strongly and peacefully under extreme weather (the analogy is to do with our ability to live in the world and not freak out when difficulties happen). 

In the same way,  we need our dharma practice to be there for us as a constant support.  If we want our dharma practices to be useful and fulfilling, a study framework of basic theory, analytical skills and meditation along with a group of like-minded people to support our learning and mental growth, becomes essential.  Many people treat their dharma practice as a hobby - they use it as a last resort, and only do their practices or study infrequently when there are big problems that they don’t know how to deal with.

 

Course details: 

Introduction of The Stages on the Path to Enlightenment (Tibetan: Lamrim), which is a Tibetan Buddhist text presenting ALL the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha in a sequence that leads us to the understanding and realisations of the Buddhist path. 

This course will cover an overview of the fundamental philosophy & psychology of the Buddhist path, what we normally call the Lam Rim. The Lamrim Teachings cover all the main subjects of Buddhist Philosophy and explain how anyone can walk the path to happiness and Enlightenment through overcoming our negative emotions and wrong perceptions, and cultivate positive & altruistic states of mind.  Even for non-Buddhists, there are so many down to earth practical tips on how to live a better life.  

During this course we will cover topics such as:

  • Precious Human Rebirth

  • Death & Impermanence

  • Karma

  • The four noble truths

  • Loving & kindness

  • compassion 

  • Emptiness (Wisdom)  

This course will be the foundation to support our Dharma practices, don’t miss out!

Taught by Venerable Namgyel

Course Schedule (ENGLISH#)

 

Date: Two Sundays for live teaching, one sunday for meditation from August to November, 2021, exact date please refer as below: 

  • 1st, August  - Meditation

  • 8th, August - Live teachings, Q&A

  • 22nd, August - Live teachings

  • 5th, September -  Live teachings

  • 19th, September -  Live teachings

  • 3rd, October -  Live teachings

  • 17th, October - Live teachings

  • 24th, October -   Meditation

  • 7th, November -  Live teachings

  • 21st, November- Live teachings

(There is a three month break (December - Feb 2022) for the students to enjoy time with their family and friends over the holidays, but also to review, do homework, read up and prepare for the next term, which will start in March.)

Time: 

AEST (UTC +10): 17:00 - 18:15

HKT (UTC +8): 15:00 - 16:15

IST (UTC +5.30): 12:30 - 13:45

CEST (UTC +2): 09:00 - 10:15

Register and join class :

Register and join through zoom: https://zoom.us/j/81883677885

Join through YouTube: www.youtube.com/VenNamgyel

Subtitle translations would be provided in youtube videos upon volunteers' availability, please refer to setting tutorial. Join us as our translators in other languages. 

 

Remarks: 

  • If any change: We try our best to keep the activities as scheduled, yet we acknowledge impermanence, and sudden issues may arise. If changes are needed we will update the schedule via the website calendar, Facebook and Instagram, and email registered participants.

  • In order to maximise the outcome, your commitment to take part throughout the whole course is crucial.

  • You could get the certificate after finish the course, details will be announced later.  

  • If you don't want to join through zoom, you can see the live teaching on our youtube channel.

  • This is a free online course, as our offering to the world in this difficult time. We are not asking for any fees for this course. We do have considerable expenses, as well as supporting Venerable Namgyel for his retreat, so if you would like to sponsor this course, you are welcome to give donation

  • The teaching material will be kept here in case you miss the live teaching. After the course finishes, all materials will be available below 'Teaching Recordings & Materials'.

  • VNOS Gompa Etiquette Guidelines provides suggestions and advice about how to make the most of the teachings we attend and to support others who are also attending..

Session Recordings & Study Materials

Thought Transformation Teachings: 

 

TONGLEN: start with a very quick breathing in of suffering; quickly breathe out happiness, and offer…  Do this through the day, when you see pain/suffering.  Thinking: give me suffering, unhappiness, and:  I offer my happiness and merit.

Slogans: Can print them out and cycle through them, focusing on one per day or per week. (Only slogans which have been explained will be distributed.)  Download slogans.

Week 45 (3rd Oct)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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Week 46 (17th Oct)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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Live Audio
Written Material

Week 44 (19th Sept)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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Week 43 (5th Sept)

Tonglen Meditation

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Week 41 (8th August)

Tonglen 

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Shortcut to:

Equanimity teaching (Week 21 & Week 22) Equanimity meditation (Week 21 & Week 22)

Week 42 (22nd August)

Tonglen

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Week 39 (25th July)

Daily Shakyamuni Buddha meditation

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Week 40 (1st Aug)

Meditation & Vajrasattva Session

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Week 37 (11th July)

Meditation & Vajrasattva Session

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Week 38 (18th July)

Meditation & Vajrasattva Session

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Week 35 (27th June)

Meditation on 6 Causes , Tonglen

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Week 36 (4th July)

Meditation & Vajrasattva Session

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Week 33 (13th June)

6 Causes and 1 Effect

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Week 34 (20th June)

6 Causes and 1 Effect

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Week 31 (30th May)

Meditation : 6 Causes , Tonglen 

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Week 32 (6th June)

6 Causes and 1 Effect

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Week 29 (16th May)

Bodhicitta

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Week 30 (23rd May)

Bodhicitta

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Week 27 (2nd May)

Bodhicitta

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Week 28 (9th May)

Bodhicitta

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Week 25 (18th April)

Q&A

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Week 26 (25th April)

Meditation week

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Meditation Audio

Week 23 (4th April)

Bodhicitta

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Week 24 (11th April)

Bodhicitta

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Week 21 (21st March)

Equanimity 

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Week 22 (28th March)

Equanimity 

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Week 19 (7th March)

Four Noble Truths

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Week 20 (14th March)

Four Noble Truths

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Week 17 (14th Feb)

Twelve Links of Dependent Origination

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Week 18 (28th Feb)

Four Noble Truths

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Teachings in 2020 

Week 1 (9th Aug)

Listen to Dharma and see the teacher with the right attitude.

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Week 2 (16th Aug)

Qualities of Precious Human Rebirth. 

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Week 3 (23rd Aug)

Impermanence

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Week 4 (30th Aug)

Death in the Dharma

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Week 5 (6th Sept)

Rebirth, Taking Refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha

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Week 7 (20th Sept)

Qualities of Buddha

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Week 13 (1st Nov)

Suffering

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Week 15 (15th Nov)

Suffering

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Week 6 (13th Sept)

Qualities of Buddha, Dharma &
Sangha 

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Week 8 (27th Sept)

Qualities of Dharma & Sangha

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Week 12 (26th Oct) 

Karma

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<< The teaching video of 'Four Opponent Power' is from 'How to Meditate' course >>

Week 14 (8th Nov)

Suffering

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Week 16 (22nd Nov)

Twelve Links of Dependent Origination

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