Buddhism in a Nutshell is presented in four or five sessions (depending on the length of each session) and covers these basic principles of Buddhism:
§ Life of Shakyamuni Buddha; the similarities of Shakyamuni Buddha’s life to ours; how the Buddha answered the big “meaning of life” questions that we all have
§ The Four Noble Truths
§ The structure of the Four Noble Truths based on the medical model
§ Truth of Suffering — the diagnosis of our existential situation
§ Truth of the Cause of Suffering — karma, delusions, ignorance
§ Truth of the Cessation of Suffering — nirvana
§ Truth of the Path to the Cessation of Suffering — practices of the wisdom and methods taught by the Buddha
§ Buddha’s teachings in a gradual form for the practice of one individual … where to start, what next, etc.
§ What does it mean to be a Buddhist, an “inner being”
§ Specifics of the path: three principles of the path using Foundation of All Good Qualities
§ Different kinds of Buddhism: Theravadan, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Zen, Ch’an, Pure Land, etc.
§ Different schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Gelug, Kagyu, Sakya, Nyingma
§ A little history of Buddhism
Buddhism in a Nutshell is an FPMT curriculum and is offered at many FPMT centers around the world.
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