A new way of seeing the world image

Course Outline

The wisdom of the Buddha reveals to us a whole new way of seeing the world and seeing ourselves within that world. The ideas put forward in the Buddhist teachings challenge our familiar ways of thinking and invite us to question our values and assumptions.

Presenting teachings given by Dominique Side, and guided practices led by Dominique and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, this interactive course is an exploration of key Buddhist wisdom teachings. We will place these ideas under a microscope bringing the similarities and differences between Buddhist and contemporary views clearly into focus. We will be invited to re-evaluate our own ideas and clarify our outlook on life. The outcome is a surer and sounder insight into the way we see the world.

Over the course of this year, we will investigate:

  • What is wisdom?
  • Mindfulness: the support of wisdom
  • How things appear and how things are
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • Who am I? Part 1: The body
  • Who am I? Part 2: The mind
  • How do body and mind work together?
  • The afflictions: how do they function and how can we eliminate them?
  • Karma: what it is, how it works, can a Buddhist do without it?
  • The Wheel of Life
  • What does enlightenment mean?
  • The journey: Stages on the Buddhist path