Five Buddhist Precepts – from a Tantric perspective
The five precepts form the basis of a Buddhist way of life and the vows that Buddhists Seek to follow. The Five Precepts are a discipline of freedom, honor, and precision that cover the potent themes of life from the extraordinary perspective of non-duality. Topics covered in this course include:
Buddhist theories about vegetarian lifestyle vs. meat-eating
Buddhist perspectives on alcohol and drug use
Conscious use of sexual energy, Buddhist philosophy about desire
Handling resources, money, and spirituality
Honesty, and the speech that takes us beyond confusion
Completion of Buddhist Ethics coursework is required for:
Meditation Instructor Training Certification
Vajra Sangha Membership
Overview of Coursework Buddhist Ethics 1: Introduction to Vows and Codes: the 5 precepts, the 3 vows, codes of conduct, and principles of integrity
Buddhist Ethics 2: Introduction to the 5 Precepts & Precept 1- Doing No Harm
Buddhist Ethics 3: Introduction to the Precept of Non-harming Is killing ever justified? Buddhist stories and history that give perspective on this issue
Buddhist Ethics 4: Introduction to the Precept of Not Taking What is Not Freely Given – Overview of the precept, systems of exploitation, Tibetan cultures, and practices.
Buddhist Ethics 5: Sexual Misconduct – making sense of different viewpoints. How to have integrity in one’s sexuality from various Buddhist perspectives.
Buddhist Ethics 6: The Story of the Lying Mahasiddha
Buddhist Ethics 7: Vow of Speech – Speech with Integrity How to use speech for non-harm and liberation, and how to abandon false speech.
Buddhist Ethics 8: False Speech Addendum Speaking up in the face of abuse, divisive speech, speaking up and out. An Addendum to The Fourth Precept.
Buddhist Ethics 9: Precept Against Intoxicants – Avoiding the Demented State How to remain stable in the unaltered state, and discussion on addictions.
Buddhist Ethics 10: A Review – Underlying Principles Behind Buddhist Ethics
Schedule of Training Live Introduction with Pema Khandro Wed Jan 25th – 5pm pacific | 8pm eastern
Focus Groups with Aruna Rig’dzin and Dr. Satya Mondays – Jan 30 + Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 1-1:30pm PT / 4-4:30pm Optional Focus Groups offer review and discussion of self-paced coursework and time for fostering community connections.
About Tuition General Tuition: $108
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Ngondro Training with Pema Khandro Feb 27 – Oct 16, 2023
Ngondro means ‘before going.’ In traditional Vajrayana practice, it represents the cognitive, physical, emotional and philosophical components which are keys to the practice of liberation. It is the basis for all Vajrayana practice and thus it is used as a the pre-requisite for the great practices of the Vajrayana tradition. However, ngondro itself is a beloved meditation series for its own sake. It is often practiced many times throughout a life cycle by great yogis of the Nyingma tradition such as Patrul Rinpoche (eighteenth century).
Without proper instruction ngondro can be incredibly complex and difficult. This course offers a simple, thorough, direct and supported experience of ngondro – making the heart essence of Vajrayana accessible for serious practitioners.
Recent Changes – Due to a scheduling conflict, the Buddhism & Sexuality weekend will now take place the first weekend of March and the Vajra Sangha Retreat will take its place on February 4th. Buddhism and the Environment has thus been moved to the first weekend in December. Scroll down for the most up-to-date schedule of events.