Foundations of Buddhist Thought
~ The Four Noble Truths ~
September – May
September – May
Buddhism has been around for thousands of years and has become a widely recognized philosophy across the world. Although it is an ancient practice, the benefits of Buddhism continue to be applicable. Practicing Buddhism can bring about many benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety, improved mental health, increased self-awareness, and greater empathy. These benefits are supported by scientific research and can help individuals to live more fulfilling lives. By recognizing the interconnectedness of all beings and cultivating compassion, people can also contribute to the collective well-being of society. Whether you are interested in Buddhism for its individual benefits or its potential for positive social change, it is a philosophy that has much to offer.
Our Foundation of Buddhist Thought series introduces students to the Buddhist philosophy and practice. Our entry-level course, ‘The Four Noble Truths’ offers an introduction to the philosophy and practices of Buddhism. Special emphasis is placed on the practice of mindfulness, which involves focusing on one’s thoughts, emotions, and surroundings to be fully present in the moment.
The central practice of mindfulness meditation, which is integral to Buddhism, has been shown to decrease levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. You will learn how to calm the mind and relax the body. We will also learn traditional sitting postures and breathing practices. At the completion of the course, you will have a strong foundation on which to build and develop a meditation practice.
Should participants wish to continue studying at Vidya Method, then the completion of this course would open the door to the many other offerings in the Foundation of Buddhist Thought series. All levels welcome!
Bryson has been studying meditation for more than thirty five years. He has completed course work both inside Tibetan monasteries and privately with teachers from different lineages. He has spent several years in retreat and completed the Drikung Kagyu’s Ngondro & Five Fold Path of Mahamudra.
Live Zoom Classes
Monday evenings Meditation: 6:30 – 7:30pm ET
Tuesday evenings: 6:30-8:30pm ET
The Four Noble Truths by Geshe Tashi Tsering