Buddhist Studies Course: Karma and Nidanas-on line

with Layth Matthews & Martin White

March 25th—April 29th

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  • $95 Program Price
  • $125 Patron Price
  • $65 Reduced Price
Room: On Line

Course 1: Karma & The Twelve Nidanas

Who am I?  Where am I?  How did I get here, and where am I going?  Looking directly at the experience of mind, we begin to understand our apparent confusion about ourselves and the phenomena of our world. Renouncing the painful cycle of confused action (karma), we use the natural inquisitiveness of mind to see how confusion arises and therefore how it could simply cease, allowing awake wisdom to manifest.

The notion of karma is central to an understanding of Buddhism. What is this energy of habitual patterns we have been developing for so long?

Prerequisistes:  Both Contentment In Every Day Life and Level 2, or other Buddhist Studies courses.

Schedule:  Six consecutive Thursdays March 25th - April 29th. 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Cost:  Program Price $95 Patron Price $125                     Generosity Price $65.  

Please do not let cost stop you from attending.

Student Readings

Reading is optional but strongly recommended: these texts can be purchased from Kalapa Media.  We will do what we can to make the readings available for those unable to purchase.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (CTSM) “Introduction,” pp. 3-11“The Development of Ego,” pp. 121-137  “The Six Realms,” pp. 138-148 1978 

1978 Hinayana Mahayana Seminary transcripts  ( search for e-book ) Talk 6, “The Origin of Suffering I: Kleshas and Karma,” pp. 52-9  Talk 7, “The Origin of Suffering II: Steady Course,” pp. 60-7

Karma and the Twelve Nidanas Sourcebook "Karma & Rebirth: The Twelve Nidanas," pp. 1-11

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Taming the Mind and Walking the Bodhisattva Path (TMWBP), pp. 69-75 (also used for the first two courses in Cycle One).

Wheel of Life (traditional wood block print)  -  see online for image

Class One:
Student Readings Taming the Mind and Walking the Bodhisattva Path, pp. 69-75
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, "The Six Realms," pp. 138-50

Class Two:  Student Readings CTSM, "Introduction,” pp. 3-11; "Development of Ego,” pp. 121-37 Sourcebook, “Karma & Rebirth: The Twelve Nidanas,” pp. 2-5

Class Three: 1978 Seminary Transcripts, talks 6 & 7Sourcebook, “Karma & Rebirth: The Twelve Nidanas,” p. 5 (note: samskara is oftentranslated as formations, which in this case is the 2nd nidana)

Class Four: Sourcebook, "Karma and Rebirth", pp. 5-6TMWBP, pp. 69-72

Class Five: Sourcebook, "Karma and Rebirth", pp. 6-15

Class Six:  Sourcebook: Thrangu Rinpoche excerpts, pp. 25-26.

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