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The Buddha

Module 2 of An Introduction to Buddhist Practice

The Buddha is our teacher, guide, and spiritual friend who shows us the way out of our suffering.

Photo by The Cleveland Museum of Art


Before each lecture, we’ll have some “homework” assignments.

For this module, please read Chapter 1 from Buddhist Life, Buddhist Path – Bhikkhu Cintita (.pdf)

to learn a bit about the Buddha before coming back here to listen to the talks.


  • We say that the Buddha “Awakened” and that “Nirvana” is the goal of the Buddhist practice, but what does that even mean? What is “Enlightenment” anyway?
  • What makes someone a “good friend?” And why is good friendship “the whole of the holy life?”