Establishing a Daily Practice
Wednesdays, Nov 1, 8, 29, Dec 6 & 13, 7–9pm EST
Optional review session on Wed Dec 20, 7–9pm EST
In this module, we will assemble the tools needed to develop a successful daily practice. We will become familiar with the elements necessary to generate realizations in the mind and discuss tips for making every action of the day meaningful.
We will also explore questions such as:
- How do we know what meditations to do when structuring our daily practice?
- What can we do to overcome obstacles in our practice?
- How can we purify the negativities that have accumulated in our minds?
- What is an altar, what is a mandala, and what are their roles in daily practice?
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 eighth 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.
This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom.
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The course is 5-weeks. The review session or assessment on Wed Dec 20 is optional.
Suggested: $20 per session, or $90 for all 5-weeks of the course. $108 for 5+1 review session.
Other offering options: free, $5, $10, $30
Discovering Buddhism Daylong Retreat will be on Sun Dec 17, 10:30am—3:30pm.
The suggested amount helps support teacher offerings and expenses, direct costs and rent. Shantideva member benefits will apply automatically if you have a membership in MindBody.
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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.
Dana for the Teacher
About the Teacher
Gustavo Cutz is an FPMT-certified teacher and has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Center since 2008. Gus has been the facilitator for Discovering Buddhism since 2012 and he explains complex material with simplicity, making the Buddha’s teachings practical and always accompanied with enthusiasm and a delightful sense of humor.
In addition, Gus facilitates the Debate Club and leads one day retreats. He has also taught Dharma topics at other spiritual centers. He is working on interpreting and summarizing Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on several topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the eight worldly concerns, and the six perfections.
Gus previously worked as an editor at Wisdom Publications in Boston. Presently he works as a clinical psychologist and practices on Long Island.