Next online course: The Dhammapada

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Class announcement to come.

The Dhammapada: Unplugged Buddhism.

I teach this course in November.

Live on Zoom with the Rime Center Buddhist Community. It’s all online and it’s chargeable, so if you’re interested, you should sign up.

This is a classic text from the very beginning of the Buddhist tradition and it describes what we can do to help us live a good, conscious and virtuous life. It basically means “the way of truth.” It’s short and easy to understand, so it can be a good starting point for someone who has never studied Buddhism before.

We are going to explore together the passages of this fundamental Buddhist text.

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Facilitator: Daniel Scharpenburg
Date: 4 sessions starting November 2, 2022

Time: 7:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Course fees: $30
Text: The Dhammapada: a new translation of the Buddhist classic with annotations – Get it on Amazon or the Rime Center gift shop.

These courses are accessible to ALL. We have “suggested fees”, but pay what you can afford for the course. Everyone is welcome! We hope some will pay more to cover those who cannot afford the usual fees. We just want everyone to have access to these wonderful classes.

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What is the Dhammapada?

Why is a course on it interesting?

Sometimes people ask questions like “Is there an equivalent of the Bible in Buddhism?” »
And the answer to that is… not really. The various Buddhist teachings and schools are too vast to be collected in a single book. “Which text is the most sacred for Buddhists? would be a very difficult question to answer. The Dhammapada is the closest.
It’s not the equivalent of the Bible, but I want to suggest it’s like the Sermon on the Mount. Whereas in the Sermon on the Mount Christ told his disciples how to be disciplines, the Dhammapada is the text where the Buddha tells us how to live like his students. It’s not about what we should believe. This is what we should do. In this little book, the Buddha tells us how to awaken and how to live a better life, in the shortest way possible. It is an ancient Buddhist text, one of the oldest. I consider it as unplugged Buddhism, before many years of tradition, growth and change influenced Buddhism.

How can we live our lives more mindfully?


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