Buddhism from the Start: A Video Lecture and Discussion Series


What is Buddhism?  India at the Time of the Buddha.  The first lecture of a six-[art series that begins on Monday, May 11 and concludes on Monday, June 22.

Buddhism from the Start features video-lectures by Dr. Malcomlm David Eckel, with group discussion of Buddhist concepts. At Boston University, Eckel is professor of religion and directs the Institute for Philosophy and Religion; he is author of two books on Buddhism.

Each program includes an hour of video lecture by Eckel, discussion by participants, and tea breaks as needed.  The topics provide an understanding of our tradition's roots and the early evolution of Buddhist philosophy. David Eckel helps clarify some of the mysteries we in the West may have as we establish our ground in Buddhism.

Meditation practice is not included in the lecture presentations. However, there is meditation practice at 6:00 p.m. preceding the lectures. You are welcome to attend practice or then help setup for the presentation at 7:00.

There is no charge for the series, but please remember that donations make it possible for EBS to maintain our meditation center and offer educational programs for all.  We hope you'll come!

Monday, May 11: What is Buddhism—India at the Time of the Buddha

Monday, May 18:  The Doctrine of Reincarnation—The Story of the Buddha

Monday, May 25: All is Suffering—The Path to Nirvana

****Monday, June 8: All is Suffering—The Path to Nirvana (repeat because of cancellation due to weather). 

Monday, June 15: The Buddhist Monastic Community—Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia

Monday, June 22: Mahayana Buddhism and the Bodhisattva Ideal—Celestial Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

Monday, June 29: Emptiness (last lecture)—Fullness (potluck dinner to close the series)

 For more information on the series, contact Eileen Oldag at neale.oldag@netzero.net , Subject: EBS lecture series.