Introduction to Buddhism (INT 103): Karma, Rebirth and Selflessness

10:30 am - 12:00 pm


…the better we know our mind and how it works, the greater the possibility that we can free ourselves from the mental states that weigh us down invisibly wound us, and destroy our ability to be happy. Knowing our mind not only leads to a happy life, it transforms every trace of confusion and wakes us up completely.
–Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, in Rebel Buddha

The introductory courses in the Nalandabodhi Path of Study explore basic principles of Buddhism and lay the foundation for deeper study, including being introduced to the views of different Buddhist schools.  The courses are friendly, genuine, and skillfully designed for a modern Western audience. If you are new to Buddhism this is a good place to start.  If you have been studying Buddhism, these courses could serve as a refresher or bring new insight into the foundational teachings of the Buddha.

All are welcome. No prior experience with meditation or Buddhism is required.

The courses are based on talks by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.  Senior Nalandabodhi students facilitate the discussion based on a sourcebook of talks by Rinpoche.

The next course and third in the Introduction to Buddhism series is Karma, Rebirth, and Selflessness (INT103).

All are welcome! These classes may be attended as a course or on a drop-in basis.

Discussions are led by senior students, Deborah Calloway and Nirja Savill

Date/Time: Sundays, September 9th to 30th, 10:30 am to noon

Cost: $20 for course materials, and suggested donation of $5/class.

Contact:  Deborah Calloway


Week 1:  The benefits of contemplative meditation.  Introduction to the Four Seals of Buddhism, the distinctive teachings of Buddhism.   Impermanence, coarse and subtle.  Suffering, confusion, discontentment – causes and cures.

Week 2:  Discussion of the 3rd and 4th of the Four Seals.  Self and selflessness.  Nirvana or peace or freedom from suffering.

Week 3:  Introduction to the Four Reminders.  What is karma?  What is conditioned existence?  Why is a human birth considered precious, and how is it a motivation for our practice and study?

Week 4:  The role of the teacher in Buddhism.  The different kinds of teachers.  How to find a genuine teacher.


Please contact Deborah Calloway to register. We look forward to seeing you soon!



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