The essence of Buddhist philosophy and psychology together with practical tools for immediate implementation in our daily lives.
Series: Taming the Mind (SDD 2009-11)
The importance of the four noble truths and how understanding the truth of suffering prepares us for study and practice of the other three truths.
How the noble eightfold path is organized under the three higher trainings; practices related to each of the eight limbs.
The meaning, purpose and rarity of the freedoms and fortunes of a precious human life and the ways to contemplate precious human life.
How thinking about death can make our lives more meaningful and how Dharma practice can help us at the time of death.
An explanation of karma. How to benefit ourselves and others by developing the ten virtues.
Practices to cultivate a sense of equanimity; the seven-point cause-and-effect method for developing bodhicitta.
The importance of the mental attitude during the act of giving. How small acts of giving can be transformed into a spiritual activity.
What taking refuge, formally or informally, means in Buddhism and the guidelines one uses after taking refuge.
The meaning and benefit of taking precepts and the different levels of vows for lay practitioners and monastics.