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Buddhism in a Nutshell

Curious about Buddhism? Would you like to find out more without any long-term commitment? If so, this short 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!


If you are a registered student, you may access the readings here on our password protected page. After registering, an online receipt will be sent to the email address that you used to register. The password will be on the receipt. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about accessing this page.

Dates and Times


To register, click here.

Course Fee


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].)

About the Facilitator

Michel Ng is a lifelong practitioner of the Dharma. He was first taught to meditate in the Burmese vipassana tradition by his aunt while in his teens. Eventually Michel found his way to Lan’tau Island, Hong Kong where he took refuge. Since then, he has spent two decades learning from teachers including Venerable Sheng Yen and Venerable Hin Hung, both of whom come from a long established lineage of Ch’an practitioners. Established in these roots, Michel began to explore Tibetan Buddhism, a longtime source of fascination and inspiration for him, particularly the teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. In 2017, Michel signed up for Shantideva Center’s Discovering Buddhism course and began studying the lamrim (graduated path to enlightenment), and attending other teachings and retreats. Michel would like to thank Ven. Amy Miller, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Shantideva Center for giving him the opportunity to lead meditation. He looks forward to sharing the gifts that he has been taught through meditation with the Shantideva community.

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