【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 until November 2022. Commencing the 6th March 2022

Live Teachings Date : 

  • March : 6th , 20th

  • April: 3rd , 17th (Please be noted that these are special sessions for meditation and discussion)

  • May: 15th , 29th

  • June: 12th , 26th

  • July: 17th , 31st

  • August: 14th , 28th

  • September: 11th , 25th

  • October: 9th , 23rd

Time: 

AEST (UTC +10): 18:30 - 19:45

HKT (UTC +8): 16:30 - 17:45

IST (UTC +5.30): 14:00 - 15:15

CEST (UTC +2): 10:30 - 11:45

Suggested Donations: 

The teachings themselves are on donation based. As is traditional, we encourage you to use this opportunity to make generous offerings to support Gen Namgyel-la's Dharma activities. Donation suggestions is minimum $10 USD monthly, which could provide a stable income for VNOS to continous provide Dharma activities on donation based. 

Register and join class :

Register by filling in this form: https://www.jotform.com/form/220364180541447

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.

  • The current year 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'. For past years (2020-2021) recordings & material, all members can access it here

  • 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

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 for Thought Transformation : 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 61 (11th September)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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Week 62 (25th September)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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Week 59 (14th August)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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Week 60 (28th August)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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Week 57 (17th July)

Vajrasattva Practice

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Week 58 (31st July)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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Week 55 (12th June)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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Week 56 (26th June)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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Week 53 (15th May)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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Week 54 (29th May)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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Week 51 (3rd April)

Lojong meditation & discussion

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Week 52 (1st May)

Bodhicitta

(video & audio are available at member page, under "Peaceful living peaceful dying retreat" -session 4

Week 49 (6th March)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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Week 50 (20th March)

Lojong - Thought Transformation

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For past years course recording & materials