Introducing Buddhism course
Tutor: Mike Horne for the University of Hull, Centre for Lifelong Learning.
Buddhism teaches us that our view of life is conditioned and biased. So it is important to realise that the documents here express my views about Buddhism and are not Buddhism itself. My own practice is in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition, but I try to treat all aspects of Buddhism equally. I include a basic introduction to Meditation in the course, but do not give detailed instruction based on particular Buddhist Traditions. Reading these pages, attending the course or trying Buddhist meditation will not convert you into a Buddhist.
Introduction to the course notes
The life of the Buddha
Who was the Buddha?
The central teaching of the Buddha
Notes on Buddhist basics
Short Glossary of Buddhist terms.
Some significant dates in Buddhist history
The variety of Buddhist Schools
How do Buddhists Practice ?
Introduction to meditation
Different forms of meditation
Visiting Meditation Groups
The Buddhist Altar
Introduction to Buddhist Basics for non-Buddhists
Frequently Asked Questions about Buddhism
Buddhist groups in and around Hull
A Zen glossary
Some sayings of Zen Master Dogen
Some questions and thoughts on Buddhism
Is Buddhism a religion?
The use of Skilful Means in Buddhism
Science and Buddhism
Some advice from the Kalama Sutta
Some quotations about Buddha Nature
What is enlightenment?
There are lots of Web Sites about Buddhism and Zen, so I will not create yet another 'Buddhist Links Page', Just do a search for Buddha, Buddhism or Zen. Good starting points that I have found are Tricycle Magazine, the Journal of Buddhist Ethics and the Forest Sangha Newsletter. Good introductions to Buddhism can be found at the web sites of the Buddhist Society and the Buddhist Publishing Group. For details of other Buddhism courses in the UK visit the UK Association for Buddhist Studies Homepage.
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updated August 2012
copyright M Horne 2012