Note: Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the center's programs are now being offered online only. Other programs may be cancelled. Click here for details.

Buddhism in a Nutshell

Note: The next course starting on July 7 is full. Registration is now closed. 

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!

To make these online session most beneficial and to enhance discussion among students, class size is limited to 15 people and registration for the entire course is required. Please register as soon as possible!!

Important Note

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom, as the center is currently closed due to COVID-19. Zoom is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. You will need a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend.

An email with login information for Zoom will be sent to the email address that you used to register on the day of the event. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login a few minutes earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

If you have questions about Zoom or on how to access the class online, please contact us at [email protected].

Schedule / Registration

Please register below. If it doesn’t work for you, please try this alternative page

Participants are required to attend all 5 weeks. Maximum 15 participants.
Time zone: EDT (GMT/UTC-4)

Note: The next course starting on July 7 is full. Registration is now closed. 

Suggested Offering

Suggested: $90 for the 5-week course

Other offering options: free to $150 (for 5 weeks)

The suggested amount helps support teacher offerings and expenses, direct costs and rent. Shantideva member discounts or benefits will be applied automatically if you have a membership in MindBody. If you need assistance transferring your membership in PayPal, please contact [email protected].


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.

About the Facilitators

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.

Pamela Patton is the Director of Pastoral Ministries at All Souls NYC, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. In that role she leads support groups oriented toward illness and end of life, and she leads meditation and mindfulness programs. Pamela is pursuing certification in healthcare chaplaincy, and she has completed clinical units in several NYC hospitals. She began to explore Buddhism in 2012 at Union Theological Seminary where she earned a Masters of Divinity in 2019. Pamela completed the FPMT Discovering Buddhism program with Gus Cutz, and she attends many teachings and programs at Shantideva Center. Pamela lives in Manhattan with her husband and her three children.  

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