Discovering Buddhism at LMB
“Awakening all limitless potential of your mind, achieving all peace and happiness”
Each module runs for about 5 weeks, meeting on Tuesday evenings @ 6:30pm or Thursday mornings @ 10:30am. In addition to the classes, we offer practice days or a weekend retreat periodically to provide the experiential element prescribed by the Discovering Buddhism curriculum.
This is a good place to start getting a systematic introduction to the essential points of Buddhism according to our tradition. Discovering Buddhism (DB) is one of the standardized education programs supported by the FPMT Education Department. This means that you can take DB courses at various FPMT centers, or even as Home Study, and can feel confident that you have covered basically the same material.
With the successful completion of each module, you will receive a completion certificate for that topic. With the completion of all the modules, including a rather intensive practice module, you will receive a certificate for the whole of Discovering Buddhism, enabling you to be a candidate for teaching introductory classes and meditations (upon invitation).
The DB modules have numbers, 1 through 14, corresponding to the order that these topics appear in the Lam-rim, the classic presentation of the Stages of the Path. However, we don’t necessarily offer them in that order. Sometimes we like to offer certain topics to fit in with the seasons or other things going on. If you miss a topic at one center, you can keep your eye out for it at another one of our Bay Area FPMT centers. It takes about 2 years to get through all the topics.
Upcoming DB classes:
Here is a link to a description of the14 modules on the FPMT website.