Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Basic Buddhist Course

Basic Buddhism
Syllabus Outline
British Broadcasting Corporation

Chapter Topics

1. Evil, Good, and Pure

2. Life of the Buddha:

  • Outline of the Four Noble Truths
  • The Noble Eightfold Path

(1) Right Understanding

  • (a) The Four Noble Truths
  • (b) Ten Kinds of Immorality
  • (c) Ten Kinds of Meritorious Deeds
  • (d) The Three Universal Characteristics
  • (e) The Ten Fetters
  • (f) The Noble Ones
  • (g) Dependent Origination
(2) Right Thought
(3) Right Speech
(4) Right Action
(5) Right Livelihood
(6) Right Effort
(7) Right Mindfulness

(8) Right Concentration

  • Jhanas & The Five Hindrances
  • Form (rupa) and Formless (arupa) Jhanas
  • The Noble Eightfold Path

5. Brahma Vihara - The Four Sublime States

  • Explanation of the Discourse on Loving-Kindness (Metta Sutra)
  • Eleven Blessings of Loving Kindness (metta) Meditation
  • Equanimity on eight worldly conditions

6. The 31 Realms of Existence

  • Destruction of the Universe by Fire, Water, and Wind
  • The Four Modes Of Birth
  • Body affected in four ways

7. Karma and Rebirth

  • The Five Niyamas - The Five Cosmic Orders

8. Dependent Origination - Two explanations

9. The Discourse on Layman Codes of Conduct (Sigalovada Sutra)

10. The Lion's Roar on the Turning of the Wheel (Cakkavatti-Sihanada Sutra)

11. Other Related Topics:

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