Discovering Buddhism

Establishing a Daily Practice

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 such questions 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. Discovering Buddhism (DB) is geared for students who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental Buddhist concepts. It 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.