Although Buddha's teachings have been known in countries throughout Asia for over 2,500 years, very few people in the the rest of the world, other than travellers and scholars, would have known what the word 'Buddhist' meant until the middle of the twentieth century.
Over the last 50 years, with increasing travel and easier communication, Buddhist teachings have reached a wider audience. Concepts of peace, mindfulness and compassion for all living beings, as well as the practice of meditation have been seen as increasingly relevant to people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds and different walks of life.
Beginning with Buddha’s life story, this course explains the essential elements of the Buddhist way of life, such as understanding the mind, rebirth, karma and ultimate truth, and what it means to be a Buddhist. Meditation is explained clearly and simply as a tool for developing qualities such as inner peace, love and patience.
The emphasis throughout is on the practical application of Buddhist ideas and practice to finding solutions to everyday problems.
Those interested in Buddhism and meditation will find this course a rich source of guidance and inspiration. It provides a perfect introduction for those who are relatively new to Buddhist concepts, and a very useful overview and review of key ideas for those who have been studying Buddhism for a longer period of time.
The course will be presented by Eve Pleydell.