An introduction to the course and a brief overview of what is to be covered, including how the book came to be written and how it is set up.
Series: Buddhism One Teacher Many Traditions (Annual Retreat)
Therevada Buddhism in Sri Lanka, secularization in Thailand, the effects of colonialism, and the beginnings of Buddhism in China.
Current status of the 10 historical schools,; notable Chinese practitioners, and the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet.
The demarkation of becoming a Buddhist, taking refuge and what that means. How buddha’s liberate, and our responsibility to follow and practice the path.
More on the historical relationships between scriptures, and an overview of the Tathagata’s qualities.
The Three Jewels according to the Pali tradition, as well as the qualities of the Buddha refuge and of the Three Jewels.
More on the Three Jewels according to the Pali tradition, followed by a description of the Three Jewels according to the Sanskrit tradition.
An explanation of awakening, parinirvana, and omniscience, how the Buddha inspires, and touching on Nagarjuna and the Prasangika view.
The three higher knowledges (Pali tradition), and the sixteen attributes of the four truths of the aryas.
More on the sixteen attributes of the four truths of the aryas.