12 Links of Dependent Orgination.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.

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Bodhisattvas of Compassion.

Taught by Taigen Dan Leighton

In this course you explore seven major bodhisattva figures of the Mahayana tradition who represent various aspects of enlightened activity and awareness and are forces for well-being in our lives. You explore the iconography, teachings, folklore and history of each bodhisattva, as well as the ways that each manifests the paramitas, the ten perfections. And for each bodhisattva you look at modern exemplars, personages from non-Buddhist spiritual traditions.

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The Buddha's Teaching As It Is

Taught by Bhikkhu Bodhi

In this introduction to the Buddha's teachings, Bhikkhu Bodhi presents the basic teachings of Buddhism from the Theravadan perspective. This course includes the life of the Buddha, the four noble truths, the nature of existence, dependent origination, kamma, the eightfold path, meditation, and the sangha.

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Cultivating Compassion

What compels some people to act compassionately without giving it a second thought, while for others it almost seems against their nature? And what will become of our society if compassion dwindles?

By learning to live from a more compassionate viewpoint, we can create a better life not only for ourselves but for others. In this course you learn Buddhist meditations (including the Dalai Lama?s favorite) and visualizations to guide you in developing an awareness of your capacity for love and learning to project that love into the world around you.

This course delivers a potent message with the power to change our relationships and improve the quality of our lives. Anyone seeking release from negative emotions, such as anger, or simply wanting to increase the love and caring among us, will welcome this timely vision.

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Destructive Emotions

This course explores a perennial human predicament, the nature and destructive potential of "negative" emotions —when, for example, jealousy turns into murderous rage. The Buddhist tradition has long pointed out that recognizing and transforming negative emotions lies at the heart of spiritual practice. From the perspective of science, many of these same emotional states played a critical role in human survival—but now, in modern life, they pose grave dangers to our individual and collective fate.

Buddhism and Western philosophy/psychology offer different perspectives on the nature of emotions and when they become "destructive." In the first module of this course you can explore some of these perspectives as well as your relationship to negative emotions.

Once we have identified the destructive emotions and seen their causes and their detrimental effects, then we can ask what the antidote is for these afflictions. What is the medicine? How can we counteract them? The second module presents a 1500-year-old teaching on the destructive potential of one negative emotion— anger — and ways to develop patience as an antidote to the arising of anger.

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Ethics of Altruism

Taught by The Dalai Lama

Explore the Dalai Lama's framework for moral living, which rests on the observation that those whose conduct is ethically positive are happier and more satisfied and the belief that much of the unhappiness we humans endure is actually of our own making. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual, based on universal rather than religious principles.

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Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind

Taught by Robert Thurman

In this course the Dal ss, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.Robert Thurman teaches the "preliminary" contemplations that help you develop a solid basis for listening to the teachings and developing a practice. Reflecting upon the precious human birth, impermanence, karma, and the sufferings of samsara frees one of the attachment to life in the realms of samsara.

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Generosity

Taught by Gil Fronsdal.

 The practice of giving, or dana in Pali, has a pre-eminent place in the teachings of the Buddha. When he taught a graduated series of practices for people to engage in as they progress along the path, he always started by talking about the importance and benefits of the practice of generosity

This is the first part of a planned course on the paramis, the ten qualities of character that can be developed to support the path of awakening.

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Genjo Koan: The Koan of Everyday Life

Taught by Dairyu Michael Wenger

To study the self is to forget the self.
To study the buddha way is to study the self.
To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things.

The Genjo Koan, Dogen Zenji's concise, poetic expression of the practice of the Buddha?s dharma, is one of the most treasured texts in the Soto Zen tradition. In Genjo Koan Dogen presents a basic philosophy of our day-to-day lives as practice in the bodhisattva way. Michael Wenger, San Francisco Zen Center's Dean of Studies, guides you in your engagement with Dogen's teachings on the integration of Zen training and daily life.

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Green Dharma

An introduction to Buddhist perspectives on nature and Buddhist responses to environmental issues. Buddhism's teaching of the interrelatedness of all life forms may be critical to the recovery of human reciprocity with nature. This course explores Buddhism's understanding of the intricate web of life and aspects of the traditions which may help formulate effective environmental ethics, offering examples from both Asia and the United States of socially engaged Buddhist projects to protect the environment. This course also introduces the Earth Charter, which sets forth fundamental principles for sustainable development.

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This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.


This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.


This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.


This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.


This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.


This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.


This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.


This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.


This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.


This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.


This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.


This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.


This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.


This is a paragraph.

Taught by The Dalai Lama - with commentary and translation by Jeffrey Hopkins.

In this course the Dalai Lama presents the basic world view of Buddhism: how Buddhism views the position of beings in the world and how human beings can make their lives meaningful. The Dalai Lama elaborates on the meaning of life by pointing out the causes behind our situation as well as the altruistic purpose to which life can be put. In this course he offers a view of inner psychic cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. From a vivid description of how we become trapped in a counter-productive maelstrom of suffering, there emerges a sense of how Buddhists place themselves in the universe. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is in fact a call to action, for it shows how, through reversing the process, the limiting prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for others.