Buddhism in a Nutshell

Sundays, Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5 & 12, 10–11:30am EST IN-PERSON & ONLINE

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!

It will be most beneficial if you can attend the whole series but you can also register for individual stand-alone sessions if you prefer.

COVID-19 Policy

To review the policy please click here. For questions, please email [email protected]shantidevanyc.org.

Important Note

This is an in-person and online event. For in-person, you are required to have full vaccination. Please review our Covid-19 policy for details. For online, the events will be administered using Zoom*.

After registering, the system automatically sends a confirmation and/or a receipt email that contains the Zoom meeting link and/or other instructions. If you don’t immediately receive the system email(s) or you have any other questions, please contact us at [email protected].

*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. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

Registration / Schedule

Suggested:  $20 per session, or $90 for all 5-weeks of the course
Other offering options: free, $5, $10, $30

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. 

Shantideva Center may publish recorded sessions in the public domain (e.g., on YouTube). By registering for this event, you are agreeing to give your consent to this process. To protect your privacy, we recommend being conscious about any personal information you share during the sessions. To further enhance anonymity, you may want to consider turning off video or naming yourself using abbreviations.

Time zone: US Eastern Standard Time (GMT/UTC-5)

Mar 12 onwards: US Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC-4)

For questions regarding registration, please email [email protected] for assistance.

Additional Materials

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

About the Facilitator

Annie Bien is an English translator of Tibetan Buddhist texts, a writer, and Buddhist practitioner. She began studying Tibetan Buddhism in 1997. In 2000 she attended an audience of the Dalai Lama where she asked a question—how could she be a compassionate person if she did not like her heritage as a Chinese person living in America? His reply changed her life. She then met her teacher Khyongla Rato Rinpoche of Tibet Center. Wishing to understand the Dalai Lama in Tibetan, she began learning Tibetan with Khenpo Pema Wangdak of Vikramaśila Foundation then attended Buddhist text translation classes at the Center for Buddhist Studies of Columbia University taught by Geshe Losang Jamspal and Dr. Robert Thurman. She was assistant to Dr. Thurman and editor at the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. She has translated sūtras for Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, 84000, and Khenpo Pema Wangdak. She currently writes reports on the teachings by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje. As writer she has published two poetry collections, and won competitions in flash fiction and poetry. At Shantideva Center, she enjoys leading meditation classes to create calm and kindness together.