Setting Up Your Altar
by Ven. Thubten Chodron
Part 1 of 3
Ceremonies and Observances
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ESSENTIAL LEARNING -
FIRST LEARNING - the first step, the first date - that is, with the teacher, is always important. It shapes your inspiration and direction in the spiritual pathway.
Brief view and introduction to basic Buddhist tenets and teachings
Simple and practical issues that one may wish to explore while settling back in the moment
The joyful colors, flavors and scents one experiences and shares along the journey
FOUNDATION LEARNING - a thorough groundwork is essential as it serve as a framework, reference and compass for the journey.
This is the Liberation Triangle. We as patient seeking the Buddha as the Wise Physician, Dhamma as Potent Medicine and Sangha as Compassationate Caregiver.
This is the gate of liberation, a glimpse into the nature of reality, the essense of seeing things as they are.
Four Noble Truths
The central equation of Buddhism from which all his teachings cascade from. Here in the equation faith, knowledge, cultivation and realization of Buddhism begins and end.
Practise of Ethics
Values, virtues and principles are pillars of the spiritual life. Here we learn the philosophy, motivation and cultivation of wholesome conduct.
Practise of Collectedness
Nurturing composure offers us the stillness and stability to access reality
Practise of Insight
Insight offers us the information and intelligence to discern and fathom reality.
Path of Purification
Detailing the milestones and landmarks along the journey to liberation.
Outline the doctrine of the causal conditioning in the arising of suffering, and the application in reversing the cycle to liberate from sorrow.
Descriptions and views on Nirvana
INTERMEDIATE LEARNING - a deeper insight into the rich spectrum of teachings from the various Tradition are now offered.
Life of the Buddha
The life story of the Buddha.
Brief History of Buddhism
Brief historical sketch of the spread, growth and decline of Buddhism.
Description and comparison of the three vehicles (or other vehicles)
Karma and Rebirth
Glimpse of causal moral law and rebirth
Theravada - Intermediate
Descending into connected teachings of liberation from the approach of Theravada Tradition.
Mahayana - Intermediate
Descending into connected teachings of liberation from the approach of Mahayana Tradition.
Vajrayana - Intermediate
Descending into connected teachings of liberation from the approach of Vajrayana Tradition.
Zen - Intermediate
Descending into connected teachings of liberation from the approach of Zen Tradition.
ADVANCED LEARNING - greater space are needed to explore profound and specialized areas in Buddhism
Accessing the details in the landscape of mind and matter in Buddhism.
Monastic and Discipline
Accessing the regulatory framework of the monastic community of Buddhist Traditions.
Bodhisattva and Bodhicitta
Accessing the doctrines of enlightened beings and enlightened hearts
Mahamudra and Dzogchen
Accessing the quintessential message of the Buddha - from the language of Vajrayana Tradition.
Tibetan - Advanced
Accessing deeper teachings of liberation from the approach of Vajrayana Tradition.
SCRIPTURAL READING - encompass scriptural resources along with commentaries and interpretative works
Introduction to Theravada Texts
Basic reading of scriptural texts and essays from the angle of Theravada Tradition
Theravada Texts and Commentaries
Translation of scriptural texts and commentaries from the Theravada Tradition
FURTHER LEARNING -
GUIDE AND REFERENCE - self explanatory
PRACTICES - Explore common practices in Buddhism
Ceremonies and Observances
Description of Buddhist practices in the area of ceremonies and observances
Symbols and Symbolism
Description of Buddhist practices in the area of symbols and symbolism
Description of Buddhist practices in the area of pilgrimage
Meditation in Action
Description of Buddhist practices in the area of meditation
Values and Conduct
Description of Buddhist practices in the area of values and conduct
Description of Buddhist practices in the area of voluntary or community work and services
Others - Practices
Other special areas of practices
EDUCATION - course guides for a range of interest group
Self Learning for Adults
Structured curriculum, materials and teaching aids for adult seff learning
COLLECTED WORK - collated work of publisher and producers as well as on specific themes
Collected works based on a specific subject or forum