Mon-Fri 12am to 9pm

Buddhism in a Nutshell with Venerable Dondrub


INTRODUCTORY: Open to all — no prior knowledge or experience required; no registration required


WHEN: Tuesday nights from March 21st through April 18th, 2017; 7:30 to 9:00 pm; please check Calendar to confirm


WHERE: The Guhyasamaja Center, 10875 Main Street, Unit 108, Fairfax, VA


FACILITATOR: Venerable Dondrub


Buddhism in a Nutshell presents basic Buddhist philosophy and principles, as well as simple meditation instruction. In this series, we will look at the history of Buddhism and the life of Shakyamuni Buddha, including his observation of the human condition known as the four noble truths.


Participants will also learn what is meant by enlightenment and how it can be systematically achieved. And we will discuss the primary feature of the Mahayana Tradition, Bodhichitta motivation — the wish to achieve our own enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.


There are no required readings for this class. Copies of the companion book for this class "Buddhism in a Nutshell, Essentials for Practice and Study" are available at the center and at book retailers online for those who wish to read it during the course. For those who finish the class and are interested in deepening their understanding of the material presented in this class please refer to the following list.


Note, if you order from Amazon, consider ordering through Amazon Smile where Amazon will donate a percentage to The Guhyasamaja Center: https://smile.amazon.com. Type "guhyasamaja" in the charity search field; we'll be listed by our mailing address in Centreville, VA. Here's a direct link for your convenience: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/55-0881124.


Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up, by B. Alan Wallace, Wisdom Publications
Open Heart, Clear Mind, by Thubten Chodron, Snow Lion Publications
The Four Noble Truths, by Geshe Tashi Tsering, Wisdom Publications
The Dalai Lama's Book of Awakening, by the Dalai Lama, Element Publications
The Way to Freedom, by the Dalai Lama, Harper Publications
How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life, by the Dalai Lama, Atria
Kindness, Clarity and Insight, by the Dalai Lama, Snow Lion Publications
Lam-Rim Outlines, by Ven. Karin Valham, Wisdom Publications
Wisdom Energy, by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Wisdom Publications
Essence of Tibetan Buddhism, by Lama Yeshe, Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
• Free Mahayana Buddhist publications and readings from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive


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Non-Members: $10

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The Guhyasamaja Center is affiliated with The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition; Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director



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We follow the Gelug tradition, the same lineage as His Holiness The Dalai Lama


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(703) 774-9692


The Guhyasamaja Center
Professional Center of Fairfax Building
10875 Main Street, Unit 108
Fairfax, VA (Directions)


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Centreville, VA 20122 USA


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