This section of the blog was inspired by series of lectures I gave on beginner Buddhism at the local Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temple I was affiliated with in the past. After some requests by blog readers, I decided to post them here as well. The course has undergone a number of revisions such as making the content more generic and less focused on Jodo Shinshu, plus I have combined the original three “courses” into one.
I’ve made some changes to the content for the sake of blog readers, because many readers will not necessarily have a background in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, so the content here is a bit more generic. Also, because it is an online blog, I can more easily link to other sources that I can’t do in person, plus you can read at your own pace.1
The course is as follows:
- Why Buddhism
- Mahayana Buddhism: A Brief History
- The Very Basics
- Lifetime after Lifetime: Samsara
- Is There Any Lasting Refuge?
- Nirvana Explained
- Mahayana Buddhism Teachings in a Nutshell
- Examples of Mahayana Buddhist Schools
- Mahayana Buddhist Sutras
- Mahayana Buddhist Sutras, part two
Also included are resources on:
- The Five and Eight Precepts of conduct.
- Various figures in Buddhist cosmology.
- Making your own Buddhist altar.
This material is entirely my own work, and I offer to blog readers and anyone who is curious about Buddhism. I’m sure there are better courses out there, but this was something I’ve always wanted to try, and I am happy to share it with people. Comments, questions and suggestions welcome.
Dedication: May the merits I have accrued from this humble effort be shared among all sentient beings throughout the ten directions. May all beings be well, may they be at peace, and may they all attain liberation.
1 I’ve been told that I talk pretty fast in person, so an audio lecture or video is probably not recommended. 😉