“The Foundations Of Buddhism” Online Program Series with Lama Tsultrim Allione


The Foundations Of Buddhism Series

Tara Mandala Online presents “The Foundations of Buddhism” Series – a colorful and inspirational online course with Lama Tsultrim Allione exploring the world of Buddhism.

“The Foundations of Buddhism” with Lama Tsultrim Allione is an online program series in five installments, designed to cover the foundational concepts and philosophies of Buddhism in a way that is self-paced and easily reviewable. Suitable for both beginners and seasoned practitioners, this online course provides an excellent opportunity to uncover or revisit some of the most fundamental ideas at the root of the Buddhist tradition. We launched this Series with “The Path of the Bodhisattva”, on Thursday, July 6 – The Dalai Lama’s Birthday. The second part of the Series, “The Life Of The Buddha”, will be available on Friday, September 8.

Each part of the Series will come with the Audio version as an MP3 download, so you can listen to these teachings in the car, while out walking, or any place that you are able to play audio files.

Watch the Trailer for “The Foundations of Buddhism” Series below. Click the Play button to begin watching.

Trailer - The Foundations Of Buddhism Series

Please read below for a more detailed description of each part of the Series, and stay tuned for our launch of “The Life Of The Buddha” on Friday, September 8. We will be notifying our readers via email and social-media channels on this auspicious day. May all beings benefit!

For any inquiries regarding the Program, please contact Jocelyn Meli at support@taramandala.org

The Parts of “The Foundations of Buddhism” Series

The Life of the Buddha
The Life of the Buddha looks at the biography of the historical Buddha, both before and after his Enlightenment. This timeless story provides a glimpse at the conditions that led to his decision to leave royal life in pursuit of spiritual awakening and freedom from suffering. With special attention paid to the female figures that influenced his path, like Sujata the dairy girl and his wife Yasodhara, Lama Tsultrim’s telling of this crucial story is rich with anecdotes and personal reflections, making it excellent both as a first exposure to Buddhism as well as a re-visiting of this beautiful ancient story. Available. Click for more.
An Introduction to Buddhism – Teachings & Practice
An Introduction to Buddhism – Teachings & Practice offers a broad overview of the Buddhist tradition from the ground up, with particular focus paid to the Sutrayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana movements in the Buddhadharma. This course includes teachings on The Nine Purification Breaths used in the Tibetan tradition as well as teachings on shamatha (calm abiding meditation), a primary practice of the historical Buddha and a key foundation for all other forms of Buddhist meditation.

The Path of Renunciation
The Path of Renunciation covers the original teachings of the Buddha from the Pali canon, taught during the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma in Sarnath. During this sermon, the Buddha introduced the concepts of the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, and the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination. These foundational teachings address the basic experience of suffering – including its nature, causes, process, and methods of amelioration. According to the Buddha, to live one’s life in line with these teachings and renounce the common trappings of cyclic existence ultimately leads to liberation from suffering.

The Path of the Bodhisattva covers the philosophical evolution in Buddhist thought that occurred during the first and second centuries C.E., with more developed teachings on the nature of mind and an increased focus on the cultivation of altruism. This movement gave rise to what we now call the Mahayana, the Great Vehicle of Buddhism. In this vehicle, the goal of meditation practice shifted from the pursuit of individual liberation (pratimoksha) to the vast aspiration to liberate all beings from the bonds of suffering. Available. Click for more.

The Path of Transformation
The Path of Transformation is an introductory exploration of the Vajrayana vehicle of Buddhism, the tantric path of practice that arose in India and later spread to Tibet with the guru Padmasambhava in the eighth century. In this short course, Lama Tsultrim gives an overview of the philosophy behind this “resultant” approach to Buddhist practice, in which the practitioner uncovers their own inherent enlightened nature through visualization, mantra, and ritual practice. Particular attention is paid to the mandala construct, a kind of energetic “blueprint for sacred reality” found in the tantric tradition. The concept of terma will also be covered, a special tradition of revelatory teachings designed to be uncovered at the appropriate moment in the world’s development in order to address the evolving needs of beings in samsara.

About The Teacher

Lama Tsultrim Allione
Lama Tsultrim Allione is founder and resident lama of Tara Mandala. She is author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons. Born in New England to an academic/publishing family, she traveled to India in her late teens and was ordained as a Buddhist nun at the age of 22… Read more
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