Introduction to Buddhism
Three-Part Series • September–November 2021
Join Buddhist contemplative and meditation guide David Johnson as we go back to basics, exploring the origins and purpose of Buddhism and the core theories and practices common to all schools and practitioners.
This series of courses are aimed at providing an overview to beginners, and as such we will not go into any great depth, but rather explore the very fundamental and basic concepts behind the topics outlined. Our hope is that this will elucidate what Buddhism is and what it has to offer those of us in the modern world, and from there, students can request further teachings on the topics that most resonate with them.
Depending on interest, this series may extend into a more in-depth one-year study programme starting in 2022.
Part 1: Introduction (Couldn’t make it? Watch the recording here.)
- Introduction to the Buddha and his story
- Buddhism: religion, science of mind, or philosophy?
- The human predicament and the Buddha’s radical approach
- The Four Noble Truths
Part 2: The Theory
- Nature of Mind/Consciousness
- Mental Afflictions and The Three Poisons
Part 3: The Practice
- The Four Immeasurables & Bodhicitta
- The Four Close Applications of Mindfulness
- The Noble Eightfold Path and The Threefold Training
*This is a rough outline. The course structure and content are subject to change depending upon the needs of the group and the timing of the sessions.
You can join at any time. The courses will be recorded for those who are unable to attend live.
Sessions are held live via Google Meet. They include a guided meditation and each course will end with a Q&A.
Three-Part Series Dates:
Pricing & Booking:
This course operates on the basis of dana (giving). Please offer what you can. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and all money goes directly into supporting our activities and fundraising for the Samadhi Eco Retreat Centre. If you’re wondering how much to give, please consider what you might pay for similar classes & sessions offered with a set fee. Please also consider your own income and the proportion of it you can reasonably spend on teaching. Most importantly, dana should come from the heart in a spirit of gratitude and generosity.
Please note, this course will require a minimum of 10 people in order to run.
- 9.30am - 11.00am
- Teachings & Meditation
- 11.00am - 11.30am
- 11.30am - 1.00pm
- Teachings, Meditation and Q&A
We believe that no-one should be excluded because of low income. Please contact us here if you would like to apply for a funded place. If you would like to support our vision of making these teachings as accessible as possible, please consider making a donation, supporting future groups, events & retreats. Interested to know why there is a charge for this event and what happens to profits? Read here.
David JohnsonBuddhist Contemplative and Meditation GuideDavid is an experienced Buddhist contemplative and meditation guide who has studied and taught internationally for several years. He is the Co-Founder of Samadhi and a qualified mindfulness teacher, Mental Health First Aider, and an active member of the Association for Spiritual Integrity. His teaching style is clear and practical, and his warm and humorous approach makes him a popular mindfulness teacher. Coming from his own experience, he wishes to help people access the meditations and practices which have transformed his and others lives for generations.