This is a great opportunity for people new to Buddhism to get an overview of basic Buddhist philosophy and principles, along with advice on how to integrate these teachings into daily life. Join us for a refreshing overview of Buddhist practice and invite your friends who would like to learn more about Buddhism.

In addition to lectures and discussion, participants will also be provided with simple meditation instruction to bring the different teachings from the head into the heart.



There are no upcoming sessions at this time.




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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.

Charlotte, a native New Yorker, met the dharma in northern California while at Stanford University. In 1994, she attended her first of several Lam Rim retreats at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. She has been fortunate to receive extensive teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Ribur Rinpoche and to have had the opportunity to complete two three-month Vajrasattva retreats. Charlotte and her husband, Brad, also studied Buddhist Philosophy, or Madhyamaka, at the first Masters Program at Istituto Lama Tsongkhapa in Pomaia, Italy from 2000 to 2002. Returning to New York in 2002, Charlotte was one of the founders of the current Shantideva Meditation Group and has taken an active role in its growth to become Shantideva Center. Charlotte currently teaches high school History and English for the New York City schools. She lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and their cat, Dzogchen (Zoe).