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When we study Buddhism, we are studying ourselves, the nature of our own minds. Instead of focusing on some supreme being, Buddhism emphasizes more practical matters such as how to lead our lives, how to integrate our minds, and how to keep our everyday lives peaceful and healthy. In other words, Buddhism always accentuates experiential knowledge-wisdom rather than some dogmatic view
Lama Thubten Yeshe
What is Discovering Buddhism?
Discovering Buddhism is a beginner-level program in Buddhist philosophy and practice, with the aim to give you a solid footing in the practice of Mahayana Buddhism. By engaging in this program, you will gain an experiential taste of the Buddha’s teachings, meditation & retreat experience, and the skills you need to make your life most meaningful. Discovering Buddhism is designed not only as an academic study of Buddhism, but is intended to change your life. The DB Program is currently being offered in many FPMT centers around the world, including Tushita Meditation Centre. It can also be completed in your own home as a correspondence course.
Assembled under the guidance and advice of FPMT’s Spiritual Director Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Discovering Buddhism consists of 14 modules covering all the major topics of Buddhism. Within each module you will attend lectures, engage in meditations relevant to those lectures, read texts and teaching transcripts, and do short (1-3 day) retreats. The final subject area, “Special Integration Experiences”, includes longer retreats and other experiences required for graduation. Upon successful completion of all 14 modules you will receive a Discovering Buddhism Completion Certificate!
Please note: The modules do have a suggested order, but they are not required to be completed in this particular order. It is advisable to start Module 14, Special Integration Experiences, as early as possible in the program, as it takes some time to complete. Many of the practice retreats in module 14 are annually offered at Tushita as group retreats (a series of eight Nyung Nays and 3-month Vajrsattva) and Tushita can also provide support for your own individual retreat.
For general information please visit: www.fpmt.org/education/programs/discovering-buddhism
- Guided Meditation on February 20, 2017 9:30 am
- Movie Day on February 20, 2017 2:00 pm
- Losar on February 27, 2017
- Sutra of Golden Light Reading on February 27, 2017
- Introduction to Buddhism on March 2, 2017
- Guru Puja on March 7, 2017 6:30 pm
- Chotrul Duchen on March 12, 2017
- Medicine Buddha Puja on March 12, 2017
- Introduction to Buddhism on March 20, 2017
- Introduction to Buddhism on April 6, 2017
Tushita is a centre for the study and practice of Buddhism from the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. We're located in Northern India, in the forested hills above the town of McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala - the seat in exile of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Tushita aims to provide a friendly and conducive environment for people of all nationalities and backgrounds to learn about and put into practice the teachings of the Buddha. With this in mind we offer regular drop-in events and courses on introductory Buddhist philosophy and meditation, as well as intermediate level courses and group retreats for more experienced students.
February to November
Monday - Saturday
9:30 - 11:30am
a break for lunch and then...
12:30 - 4:00pm