Syllabus
 THE FOUNDATION OF BUDDHISM
8/24 The Vedic Foundation of Indian Religion
BIBE:
1-4 Wisdom from the Dalai Lama: ‘Keep Working on It’
8/26
The Life of Gautama Buddha
BIBE: 6-30
8/28
Friday Meditation ~ Introduction to Meditation as a “Holistic Wellness” Practice
FP: xv-xxiv
8/31 The Teachings of the Buddha
BIBE: 31-63
9/2 The Foundation of Mindfulness
The Debate of King Milinda: 29-47
“The Buddha’s Original Teachings on Mindfulness”
9/4 Friday Meditation ~ What is Mindfulness?
FP: 1-20
 THE THERAVADA TRADITION
9/7
Early Buddhism and the “Way of the Elders”
BIBE: 65-75 Bhikkhuni Ordination Ashoka
9/9
Buddhism in Sri Lanka
BIBE: 75-94 The Darker Side of Buddhism
9/11
Friday Meditation ~ Getting Started
FP: 21-35
9/14 Buddhism in Southeast Asia (Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia)
BIBE: 94-112 The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia: 1-22
 THE DEVELOPMENT OF MAHAYANA BUDDHISM
9/16
Mahayana: The Great Vehicle
BIBE: 115-148
9/18
Friday Meditation ~ Breath and Awareness: Essential Components
FP: 37-54 
Siddhartha Paper
9/21 Madhyamika: Nagarjuna and the Teaching of “Emptiness”
BIBE: 149-175 Madhyamaka (Sections 1-2)
 VAJRAYANA & THE TANTRIC TRADITION IN TIBET
9/23
Vajrayana: The Tantric Tradition
BIBE: 177-188 Yidam Chenrezig Sadhana Comments on the Chenrezig Sadhana
9/25 Friday Meditation ~ Mindful Movement: The Body and Awareness
FP: 55-75

9/28
Tibetan Buddhism: History, Politics and the Dalai Lama
BIBE: 188-212 Bardo Comic The Dalai Lama Explained
9/30 Tibetan Tantra in Practice
BIBE: 213-219 Prayer Wheel Tibetan SpiritualitySand Mandala
10/2 Friday Meditation ~ Working with Physical Pain
FP: 77-96
 CHINESE BUDDHISM
10/5
Buddhism in China
BIBE: 222-232 The History of Buddhism in China The Three Teachings
10/7
Tiantai: The “Heavenly Terrace” School
BIBE: 232-237 Tiantai Buddhism Tiantai Trilogy Part 1 Tiantai Triology Part 2
10/9
 
FALL BREAK
 
10/12Huayan:  The “Flower Garland” School
BIBE: 237-243 Huayan (Intro/Basic Concepts) Fazang Zoom
10/14
Chan: The “Meditation” School
BIBE: 243-250 Autobiography of Hui Neng (Platform Sutra) Enlightenment?
 10/16Friday Meditation ~ Feeling Bad: Dealing with Negative Emotions
FP: 97-119
10/18 
Sunday, October 18 @ 10:00 AM: Foguangshan (IBPS) Virtual Temple Visit
 
10/19Jingtu: The “Pure Land” School
BIBE: 250-272 Rebirth in the Pure Land
 JAPANESE BUDHISM
10/21 Virtual Q&A with Foguangshan Nuns Japanese Religion
BIBE: 309-314 The Way of the KamiShinto and Buddhism
10/23
 
Friday Meditation ~ Feeling Good and Finding Happiness
FP: 121-147
Temple Visit Paper
10/26Tendai: The Development of Japanese Buddhism
BIBE: 314-317 Marathon Monks of Mt. Hiei (Kaihogyo) Kaihogyo Video
10/28Shingon: The Esoteric Tradition
BIBE: 318-321 Pilgrimage to Koyasan
10/30Friday Meditation ~ Pay Attention, but How?
FP: 149-168
11/2
From Chan to Zen: The Evolution of the Koan
BIBE: 321, 329-334 Zen Koans Rinzai Koan Practice: 3-15 Gates of Paradise
11/4
Hakuin and the Rinzai Tradition of Zen
A Short Biography of Hakuin Brad Warner: Spiritual Awakening is Bullshit
11/6Friday Meditation ~ Stressful Thinking
FP: 169-192

11/9
VIDEO: The Principles and Practice of Zen
Hardcore Zen Paper
11/11
The Pure Land Tradition in Japan
BIBE: 322-329 Japanese Pure Land (Section 3) Nembutsu Pure Land Service
11/13Friday Meditation ~ What Gets in the Way
FP: 193-209
11/16
Nichiren: A Uniquely Japanese Tradition of Buddhism
BIBE: 334-339 The Gohonzon The Meaning of Gongyo How to Chant the Daimoku
11/18 Buddhist in Contemporary Japan
BIBE: 339-360
11/20 Friday Meditation ~ Mindfulness in Action
FP: 211-222
 BUDDHISM IN THE WEST
11/23Buddhism Comes West
BIBE: 363-382, 390-410
12/1
Holistic Wellness Paper