What does being a Buddhist mean? What is our potential for buddhahood? And how do we apply the teachings to overcome problems and stress in daily life? Over the course of three afternoons, discover the teachings of the historical Buddha and what it means to take refuge; the importance of finding a qualified guide, or guru, and how to then cultivate a meditation practice to integrate the teachings; and how to develop our innate human qualities of love, generosity, wisdom, peace and perseverance.
Workshop 1: The first teaching the Buddha gave, on the for noble truths, showed not just the problematic nature of our existence, but also the path out of suffering and into a state of lasting peace. Going for refuge to the Buddha, his teachings, and the spiritual community means that we find a safe direction for our own inner journey.
Workshop 2: Finding our way is difficult. Finding a spiritual guide who has already accomplished what we seek, can be daunting in these times of information overload, endless youtube teachings, and many ‘gurus’ of dubious origin. Discover the qualities to look for in a teacher, and what our role as student entails.
Workshop 3: Putting the Buddha’s teachings into practice does not mean that we must have a lot of physical resources. It means we develop our innate human intelligence, as HH the Dalai Lama says, a harmonious and good-hearted inner life, so we can work joyously for the benefit of all beings without exception.