Buddhism in a Nutshell

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

Buddhism in a Nutshell is a great opportunity to get an overview of basic Buddhist philosophy and principles and learn how to integrate them into your life.

Join us for a refreshing overview of Buddhist practice. In addition to readings and discussion, you will receive 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 Facilitators

Nick Cutz has been on the Buddhist path since 2006 when he met his husband, Gus (who teaches the center’s Discovering Buddhism course). He has attended many teachings at the center over the past ten years. Nick’s practice is inspired by teachers across the Buddhist landscape, particularly Lama Yeshe, Ven. Robina Courtin, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. As part of Shantideva Center’s Communications team, he is responsible for publicizing the center’s events and managing the website. He as recently been trained as a K-12 mindfulness educator and also teaches ballroom dance.

Richard Einhorn began enthusiastically studying dharma and started a daily meditation practice after a friend took him to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak in New York 2014. He has been a member of the Shantideva community since 2016 where he’s attended numerous teachings by visiting geshes and lamas, gone on several retreats (including the most recent Light of the Path), and taken Gus Cutz’s Discovering Buddhism course. He also assists fellow Shantideva member Pamela Patton with her meditation series for the homeless in Manhattan. A composer whose work is regularly performed both in the US and abroad, Richard is also an advocate for people with hearing loss and a hearing healthcare consultant who frequently gives talks, interviews, and writes articles on hearing.

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