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The Three Main Practices

Introduction to Buddhism in America Today

A Survey of the Three Main Practices: Mindfulness, Compassion, and Mantra


The Buddhist path can seem overwhelming- so many books, teachers and ideas- like a hallway with too many doors. How do you know which doors are the right ones for you?

This class will explore the three main styles of Buddhism that people are currently practicing here in Little Rock and across America.

Each week, we will consider what emotional and spiritual issues people are working with in that style of practice. We will explore the basic methods of that style.  And we will consider how to connect with those teachings - what books you can read, what groups you can practice with, and where to find in depth teachings in that style.

November 2: Introduction to Buddhism, overview of the Buddha's basic teachings and a survey of the three main practice styles.

November 9: Foundation practices: mindfulness/awareness and loving kindness

November 16: Compassion practices: Bodhisattva training

November 23: Mantra practices: Tantra/Vajrayana techniques

All classes will meet Monday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

There is a regular meditation session on Mondays from 6:00 to 6:30 that you are also invited to attend. Join us for meditation and tea between the meditation and the class, or just come to the class. Either is OK.

There will be a free handbook of readings. We request that you register in advance so that we know how many handbooks to prepare.  Download the class materials here.

For more information, or to register, please email the teacher, Cheryl Woodard:

Earlier Event: October 24
Movie Night - Dharma River
Later Event: November 7
November Half-Day Sit