Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 27 (Teachings with Ven. Amy Miller via Skype) October 4, 11, 18 and 25 (Optional review session at a private home)
at Jewel Heart Center.
The stages of the path to enlightenment (lam-rim in Tibetan) are Shakyamuni Buddha’s original teachings presented as a logical and gradual system for learning to develop the human mind, as arranged in Tibet by Lama Atisha in the eleventh century, and subsequently elaborated by such great Tibetan masters as Lama Tsongkhapa in the fourteenth century.
Understanding the structure and qualities of these stages is like having a road map for transforming life’s challenges and progressing step by step toward happiness, liberation, and enlightenment. In this module, we will study an overview of the path, including basics, such as the Three Principal Aspects of the Path, and seminal texts, such as The Foundation of all Good Qualities.
This is the third of a series of 14 modules covering the complete Buddhist path to enlightenment. Even if you did not attend the first modules, you are very welcome to join, as each module is separate. A two-days retreat will be organized in November to integrate learning and practice. This retreat will require a separate registration; more information will be provided in September.
Discovering Buddhism (DB) is geared for students who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental Buddhist concepts. It is designed to provide an experiential taste of the Buddha’s teachings and the skills we need to make our lives most meaningful. Each module includes teachings, meditations, readings, assessment questions and a short retreat. For more information on the Discovering Buddhism modules, please click here.
Dates and Times:
Wednesdays from 7 to 9pm:
September 6, 13, 27 (Teachings with Ven. Amy Miller via Skype), October 4, 11, 18 and 25 (Optional review session at a private home)
Note: Venerable Amy Miller will probably teach one of the Discovering Buddhism classes in October. The date has not been confirmed and will be announced in September.
Jewel Heart Center: 260 West Broadway is just below Canal Street. The entrance is in the St. John’s Lane alleyway that runs parallel to and between Varick Street and 6th Avenue. Here is a map showing the location of Jewel Heart Center.
Subway Transportation: 1 to Franklin St.; A, C, E to Canal St.; N, R to Canal St.
Fee: $60 (or $10/session) to help support direct costs, including space rental, Dharma materials, and administration.
Shantideva Meditation Members: $54
Online registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome.
Discovering Buddhism Guidelines:
Discovering Buddhism Certification:
FPMT certification is available for those who complete all the components of the course. The completion certificate confirms the satisfaction of having accomplished a comprehensive engagement with the path to enlightenment and is symbolic of your commitment to spiritual awakening.
About the Teachers:
Venerable Amy Miller has been teaching extensively since 1992 and was ordained as a Buddhist nun in June 2000 by the great Tibetan master, Ven. Choden Rinpoche. She has directed several FPMT centers and projects for decades and has completed a seven-month solitary retreat. Her teaching style emphasizes a practical approach to integrating Buddhist philosophy into everyday life. She is happy to help people connect with meditation and mindfulness in an effort to gain a refreshing perspective on normally stressful living. Venerable teaches and leads retreats and pilgrimages around the world. Her teaching schedule and other information can be found at www.AmyMiller.com.
Gustavo Cutz is in the process of becoming a FPMT certified teacher. He has worked at Wisdom Publications in Boston, has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Meditation Center since 2008, and a facilitator for Discovering Buddhism since 2012. He also interprets/summarizes Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the Eight Worldly Dharmas, the Six Perfections, the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, and most recently Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, chapters 1-3. Gus is a clinical psychologist, and currently practices on Long Island.