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Thursdays, 22 February to 29 March (excluding Thursday 8 March)

Are you interested in Buddhism but don’t know where to start? Have you heard words like dharma and karma and samsara thrown around and wondered what they mean or why they mattered? Do you want to get a quick overview of Buddhism without making a long-term commitment? Then this five week programme is for you.

Buddhism in a Nutshell provides a basic introduction and overview of Buddhist philosophy and principles, particularly as they are practiced in the Tibetan tradition.

In each short class, we introduce you to the key aspects of Buddhist thought and practice – an overview of the basics to enable you to take the next steps if you want to explore Buddhism more.

There is no required reading or homework, but there is a suggested reading list for those who want to read more. Topics covered include:

  • The Four Noble Truths
  • Different kinds of Buddhism: Theravadan, Mahayana, Vajrayana, etc.
  • Buddha’s teachings, where to start, what next, etc.
  • A brief introduction to meditation

Please note there is no class on Thursday 8 March because of the public talk on Genuine Women’s Liberation for International Women’s Day 2018.

These classes are drop-in but if you would like to book a place in advance please email smile@jamyangleeds.co.uk or click on the ‘Book’ button above. Suggested donation £6.

Classes are offered for free at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds so as many people as possible can benefit. We do not get grants and all donations go towards running the Centre. You can donate at the start of a class or online by clicking the link on the right.


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