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Exploring Buddhism Module 1
New FPMT Course with Don Handrick
Tuesdays, Sept. 7th – Oct. 12th, 2021

The Buddha said that the source of all happiness and suffering is the mind. In light of this fundamental teaching, it is essential that we develop an extensive understanding of the mind, then utilize that knowledge to create the causes for our own and other’s well-being. In this module, we will look at what the mind is and how it works, as presented in both Buddhism and science. We will explore the different ways to distinguish and classify various kinds of consciousness; and investigate how to reduce destructive states of mind, and generate the constructive ones which can lead us on the path to enlightenment.

PREREQUISITES: Previous study of (at minimum) some modules of Discovering Buddhism, either in a center or online, is highly recommended before enrolling in this program. Students are welcome to review the class syllabus for more information on topics that will be covered.

DON HANDRICK is a touring teacher for the FPMT, sharing the Dharma with centers and study groups in North America and other parts of the world, both in-person and online. From 2006 through 2020, he served as the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling, in Santa Fe, NM. Don has received teachings from many esteemed lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok. He attended the FPMT’s Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, a seven-year residential study program conducted at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Italy. He completed the program in 2004, receiving an FPMT final certificate with high honors.