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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Tibetan Buddhism Series: The Path (video)
Lisa Simpson discovers Springfield's Buddhist Temple and meditates with Carl and Lenny
(Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition) Discovering Buddhism Module 3
This is an overview of the entire Tibetan Buddhist or Vajrayana "path to awakening." It begins with a study of the life story of the historical Buddha Gautama, known as the "Sage of the Shakya Clan" (Shakyamuni) and opens to the lam-rim or graduated path to enlightenment. If only there were some way to learn what Lisa Simpson could not when she went in search of spiritual truth beyond the borders of "religion." She found what Richard Gere, Lenny, Carl, and the Dalai Lama had already found.
Lisa, you can want stuff! Wisdom and all kinds of happiness here and now.
Each Discovering Buddhism module consists of teachings, meditations and practices, readings, assessment questions, and a short retreat.
Students may do some or all of these component parts of each course, as they wish and are interested.
Those who complete all of the components receive a completion card for that course. When all 14 modules have been completed, students receive a certificate of full completion.
This awards the satisfaction of having completed a very comprehensive engagement with the Vajrayana/Mahayana path to enlightenment. It is symbolic of one's commitment to spiritual awakening. Rejoice deeply when you receive it!
The courses do not need to be completed in order, and Module 14, Special Integration Experiences should be started as early as possible in the program, as it takes some time to complete. Module 14 includes practice retreats available at many FPMT centers.