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Buddhism in a Nutshell

Are you interested in Buddhism but don't know where to start?  Have you heard words like dharma, karma, and samsara thrown around and wondered what they mean or why they matter?  Do you want to get a quick overview of Buddhism without making a long-term commitment?

Then…we have just the program for you!  In Buddhism in a Nutshell, we introduce you to the major terms and concepts of Buddhism - a quick tour of the basics, enabling you to be prepared to take the next steps if, or when, you want to learn more.

In five classes we provide a broad, simple overview of these and other key aspects of Buddhism and our practice.  There is no required reading, no homework, and no quizzes!  There is, however, a suggested reading list for those who want to read more.

Topics covered include:

  • The Four Noble Truths
  • Different kinds of Buddhism: Theravadan, Mahayana, Vajrayana, etc.
  • Buddha's teachings in a gradual form for the practice of one individual...where to start, what next, etc.
  • A brief introduction to meditation

More information about introductory FPMT courses

This course is offered with the introductory course, Meditation 101.  For specific dates, please check our calendar

In keeping with our long-standing tradition, Kadampa Center does not charge a fee for any Dharma course. These teachings are too precious to allow money to be an obstacle for anyone to hear them!  We do, of course, have expenses to offer the course, so we happily welcome any heart-felt donations.  Your practice of generosity, in any amount, is greatly appreciated!

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