Introduction to Buddhism (INT 104): The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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…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 an introduction 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 fourth in the Introduction to Buddhism series is The Four Foundations of Mindfulness (INT 104).

What is the practice of mindfulness? Allowing our attention to rest closely with any given aspect of the experience, which puts us in touch with the nature of our body, feelings, mind, and all phenomena. This particular mindfulness practice is simply the wisdom of relating with these four in a direct manner, without any barrier between ourselves as the experiencer and the object experienced. Having developed the ability to be present through shamatha, the practices of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness mark the natural transition from a state of stable resting to actively and directly looking into reality by investigating the variety of our experience.


Date/Time: Sundays, January 6 to 27, 2018, 10:30 am to noon


Week 1:  The Practice of the Fourfold Mindfulness and the Mindfulness of the Body

Week 2:  The Mindfulness of Feelings

Week 3:  The Mindfulness of Mind

Week 4:  The Mindfulness of Phenomena


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

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

Contact: Deborah Calloway to register and reserve course materials, and/or with any questions.




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