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4-CLASS SERIES: Foundations of Buddhism

January 26 @ 6:30 pm - February 16 @ 6:30 pm PST

Free – $30.00

This class includes 4 sessions streamed on Zoom:  January 26th, February 2nd, February 9th and February 16th

6:30 – 8:30 PM PT

While every school of Buddhism aims for freedom from dissatisfaction and suffering, each has a unique blend of views and practices.  In this course, we will explore the main Buddhist traditions and how they incorporate compassion, mindfulness, insight, ethics, and psychology. If you’re an experienced Buddhist practitioner, this course will help you understand the traditions outside your own. If you’re new to Buddhism, this overview will help you get started. Our aim is to give you both a growing conceptual and experiential understanding of Buddhist psychology and practice.

The course is led by Dekeling guest teacher, George Draffan, a Seattle-based dharma teacher passionately interested in bringing together diverse Buddhist and Taoist practices for awakening. George first began studying Buddhism at the University of Wisconsin in the 1970s. Since then he’s studied with teachers in the Tibetan, Theravadin, and Zen Buddhist traditions. He’s also deepened his understanding of Taoist philosophy and qigong, with a practice of embodied movement, deeply influenced by physical labor, mountain hiking, and the gentle therapy of Feldenkrais. George’s teaching emphasizes direct awareness of the body as the ground of all experience; reliance on compassion, awareness, and skillful means; and the maintenance of  intention and flexibility in the midst of life’s daily activities.

Topics for these four sessions include

  • An overview of the main Buddhist traditions
  • The four noble truths
  • The eightfold path
  • The diversity of practices across traditions
  • Core Buddhist frameworks, including the four reminders, the three marks of existence, the five ‘heaps of experience’ (the skandhas), the twelve links of dependent arising and the four foundations of mindfulness.

If you have questions, email George at george.draffan@gmail.com


January 26 @ 6:30 pm PST
February 16 @ 6:30 pm PST
Free – $30.00
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Foundations of Buddhism Scholarship

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Foundations of Buddhism
Overview of Buddhist paths, practices and views.
$ 30.00
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