Someone cuts you off while driving. An acquaintance that you don’t really like invites you to their party. You walk into a dirty public restroom. Your children are “acting up.” The technical support line asks you one more basic question beyond what you were willing to endure. Your boss belittles and berates you in front of everyone– again. You seek the advice of friends to help you deal with a difficult person or problem. A loved one is dying.
None of these are “problems.” These are perfect, real-life, everyday opportunities to practice the Dharma! How can we apply Buddhist philosophies to help us deal with life? Building on prior introductory courses, we now look at how basic Buddhist concepts apply to day-to-day situations – we start to connect the dots. The course seeks to develop a deeper understanding of the meaning of the Four Immeasurables, the Four Noble Truths, karma, cause and effect, etc...
About the course: Everyone is welcome. Although there are no prerequisites to attend this series, this course builds on what we’ve covered in the Buddhism in a Nutshell and Meditation 101 introductory courses. Unlike other lecture-style courses, this series aims to be more interactive, where participants will have an opportunity to share their opinions and thoughts about each of the real-life situations that will be discussed by the group. As we “peel the layers of the onion” to deepen our understanding, we’ll review some of the material covered in prior introductory classes as the lecture component of the course.
The course is presented over a series of five Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. You are encouraged to attend all sessions but it is not required. No registration is required.
As with all our teachings, this class is offered free of charge. However, we do gratefully depend on the generosity of students and supporters to cover our substantial monthly expenses.
Sean González, the Kurukulla Center Director, became a student of the late Geshe Tsulga in 2004.