Are you curious about Buddhism? Would you like to find out more without any long-term commitment? If so, this three-session course is for you!

Buddhism in a Nutshell is a great opportunity for people interested in Buddhism to get an overview of basic Buddhist philosophy and principles, along with advice on how to integrate them for a more tranquil, balanced life.

Join us for a refreshing overview of Buddhist practice. In addition to readings and discussion, participants will be provided with simple meditation instruction to bring this time-tested philosophy from the head to the heart. All are welcome!




Shantideva Members: $18/session

(Member discounts will be applied automatically if you have transferred your membership to MindBody. If you need assistance doing this, please contact [email protected].)


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Lisa Besso formally met the Dharma and the FPMT in 2012 when she was lucky enough to have spent time living and working in Raleigh, NC. The Kadampa Center quickly became central to her life and changed her view of how she saw the world. She volunteered within the vast community of the Kadampa Center and was fortunate to be able to help with the Light of the Path Retreat in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Lisa found Shantideva Center in 2014 when she moved back to her native New Jersey. Lisa has worked in international education for many years, working to help universities internationalize their campuses. Lisa’s first introduction to the Dharma was through the FPMT’s Buddhism in a Nutshell course so she is particularly excited to lead this course at Shantideva Center.

Desmond formally met the Dharma in 2010 through the great compassion and generosity of Venerable Thubten Chodron. Desmond has a strong background in animal rights and vegan activism, including an extended internship with Farm Sanctuary, earned a BM in harpsichord performance from Manhattan School of Music, holds a PhD in French (specializing in 17th- and 18th-century tragedy and gender and sexuality) and a PhD in musicology (specializing in French opera of the 17th and 18th centuries) from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and has published widely. Desmond is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in French at Hunter College and a Senior Supervisory Editor at the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), CUNY. Desmond’s life revolves around the Dharma and his dog, Ollie.