SAMSARA AND NIRVANA
Wednesdays, July 11 – September 5, 7PM – 9PM
Note: Venerable Amy Miller will be teaching July 11 and August 29 via Skype.
In this module, we will examine what samsara is and how we are stuck in it, what nirvana is and how we can achieve it. We will also find out how we can develop the determination to be free from suffering. We will learn to empower ourselves with practical tools for dealing with and eliminating disturbing emotions forever. The questions we will explore include:
- What is renunciation?
- What is liberation?
- What is the difference between liberation and enlightenment?
This module will also enable students to have hands-on experience with the different components of a daily practice, including how to do prostrations, make offerings, practice purification, and rejoice.
This is the ninth in a series of 14 modules covering the complete Buddhist path to enlightenment. Students may join at any point in the cycle. Discovering Buddhism is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental Buddhist concepts. The program is designed to provide an experiential taste of the Buddha’s teachings and the skills we need to make our lives most meaningful. Each module includes teachings, meditations, readings, assessment questions, and a short retreat. For more information on the Discovering Buddhism program, please click here.
DATES AND TIMES
Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 15, 29 and September 5 (optional review session) from 7pm to 9pm
$120 (or $20/session) to help support direct costs, including space rental, Dharma materials, and administration.
Shantideva Members: $108 (or $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].)
The optional review session on September 5 is an open offering. Whatever you can give is truly helpful, as funds are very much needed at this time. The suggested offering for events has increased due to the significantly higher expenses associated with our new home. Our management team consists entirely of volunteers, and we are very grateful for your understanding and support.
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.
DISCOVERING BUDDHISM GUIDELINES
DISCOVERING BUDDHISM CERTIFICATION
FPMT certification is available for those who complete all the components of the course. The completion certificate confirms the satisfaction of having accomplished a comprehensive engagement with the path to enlightenment and is symbolic of your commitment to spiritual awakening.
If you are interested in receiving credit for completing this module, please indicate your commitment to completing all of the module’s requirements by printing, completing, and signing the first page of this document: Requirements for Official Completion of Discovering Buddhism and bring it to our first session on July 11, or email it to [email protected].
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
Venerable Amy Miller has been teaching extensively since 1992 and was ordained as a Buddhist nun in June 2000 by the great Tibetan master, Venerable Choden Rinpoche. She has directed several FPMT centers and projects for decades and has completed a seven-month solitary retreat. Her teaching style emphasizes a practical approach to integrating Buddhist philosophy into everyday life. She is happy to help people connect with meditation and mindfulness in an effort to gain a refreshing perspective on normally stressful living. Venerable teaches and leads retreats and pilgrimages around the world. Her teaching schedule and other information can be found at www.AmyMiller.com.
Gustavo Cutz is in the process of becoming an FPMT certified teacher. He has worked at Wisdom Publications in Boston, has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Meditation Center since 2008 and a facilitator for Discovering Buddhism since 2012. He also interprets/summarizes Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the eight worldly concerns, the six perfections, the “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation,” and most recently, Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, chapters 1-3. Gus is a clinical psychologist and currently practices on Long Island.