What is the Practice of Buddhism?

Buddhism is a practice meant to increase our happiness by encouraging our cultivation of moral virtues, mental clarity, and compassionate wisdom.

Buddhism supports this “threefold training” by providing both essential, explanatory frameworks and practical guidance. The Buddha himself called this a “Dhamma-Vinaya,” or “Philosophy-Discipline,” but we might simply call it “a way of life” because Buddhism is meant to transform our entire lives from our selfish, restless, addicted, never-satisfied “default mode,” to the pinnacle of human potential—the total eradication of suffering.

Prerequisites

This course is primarily aimed at giving those with prior meditation experience an overview of the ethical / philosophical frame around Buddhist meditation practices.

Bhante Yuttadhammo will be our lecturer for this course. If you haven’t tried his meditation technique before, you may want to give it a try now and/or throughout the course, as his talks will make more sense to those familiar with his technique.

Textbook

This course follows the excellent textbook by Bhikkhu Cintita:

This book forms the backbone of the course and is highly recommended.

The book is divided into two, unsurprising halves: Buddhist Life and Buddhist Path: the exterior and interior transformation of the practitioner which follows the gradual path of Buddhism—from the mundane to the transcendent—often taught by the Buddha himself.

This course will follow that sequence.