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The Life of the Buddha And its Meaning for Us

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The Life of the Buddha And its Meaning for Us


The Life of Buddha: and its meaning for our lives
Saturdays 19 October – Saturday 9 November 2019, 9 am to 12:30 pm
Join us to explore the Buddha’s radical approach to meeting life’s challenges and reflect on its relevance for our lives today.
This four session course is suitable for students who have completed at least one year of Buddhist study or meditation, and wish to deepen their understanding of the Buddha’s life and the Buddhist path.

The aims of the course are to:
● learn about the Buddha’s life and who he was
● foster a sense of connection with Buddha and allow this to inspire our own lives
● explore the question “what is a Buddha?” and reflect on why our connection with the Buddha is so important.

To fully participate, students in this course are invited to make three commitments:
● Pre-course reading material – before commencing the course, students are asked to read the chapters on Buddha’s life and the Indian context of his life and teachings from the book ‘Buddhism’ by Dominique Side. A copy of these chapters will be provided on registration. This will allow our time in class to focus on reflection and discussion.
● Attend all sessions – the four sessions build on each other and students will not receive the benefit of this course unless they participate in all sessions.
● Research one story from the Buddha’s life to discuss in a small group during Week 3.

SCHEDULE
Saturday 19 October – 9.00am-12.30pm
How we understand the Buddha
The Indian Context
Saturday 26 October – 9.00am-12.30pm
The 12 Acts of the Buddha
Saturday 2 November – 9.00am-12.30pm
Stories of the Buddha
Pilgrimage
Saturday 9 November – 9.00am-12.30pm
What makes the Buddha different
Prayers to the Buddha



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