Discovering Buddhism

Presenting the Path

The stages of the path to enlightenment (lamrim in Tibetan) are Shakyamuni Buddha’s original teachings presented as a logical and gradual system for learning to develop the mind. Arranged in Tibet by Lama Atisha in the eleventh century, the lamrim was subsequently elaborated by other great Tibetan, notably Lama Tsongkhapa during the fourteenth century.

Understanding the structure and qualities of these stages is like having a road map for transforming life’s challenges and progressing step by step toward happiness, liberation, and enlightenment. In this module, we will study an overview of the path, including seminal texts, such as the Three Principal Aspects of the Path, and The Foundation of all Good Qualities.

This is the third 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.

Schedule

Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm
Course (5 weeks): January 8, 15, 22, 29, and February 5
Optional review session or assessment: February 12

Registration​

To register, click here.

Course Fee

$100 (or $20/session) to help support direct costs, including space rental, Dharma materials, and administration. Shantideva members: $90 (or $18/session). If you prepay for the entire five-week course (not including the review session), the discounted fee is $90 ($81 for Shantideva members). 

The optional review session or assessment on February 12 is by open donation. 

Readings

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.

Assessment

Assessment questions available soon.

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.

If you are interested in receiving credit for completing this module, please indicate your commitment to completing all of the module’s requirements by printing, completing, and signing the first page of this document. You can bring it to the first session of the module or email it to [email protected].

About the Teacher

Gustavo Cutz has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Center since 2008 and previously worked as an editor at Wisdom Publications in Boston. He was the facilitator for Discovering Buddhism until 2012 and has taught the course since 2017. He is in the process of becoming an FPMT-certified teacher. Gus also interprets and summarizes Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the eight worldly concerns, the six perfections, the “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation,” and, most recently, Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, chapters 1-3. Gus is a clinical psychologist and currently practices on Long Island.

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