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The Wheel of Dharma Class Series: An Introduction to the Buddhist Tradition

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Buddhism is a vast and adaptive tradition, encompassing many cultural forms and stages of spiritual evolution. In this class series, we will journey through five major transformations in the history of Buddhism, beginning with the teachings of early Buddhism in India and ending with Buddhism's encounter with global postmodernity. Our focus throughout the series will be on how each of these "turnings of the wheel of Dharma" informs and colors our ongoing spiritual practice. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

October 13 Class One - Theravada Buddhism: The teachings of the Elders

An exploration of the historical Buddha's core teachings as found in the Pali Canon including: The Four Noble Truths, Noble Eightfold Path and Three Marks of Existence (suffering, no-self and impermanance). 
October 27 Class Two - Mahayana Buddhism: The Way of the Bodhisattva

A look at the history, origin and evolution of Mahayana Buddhism through the major sutras and its core teachings including: the Bodhisattva Path, Prajnaparamita, Wisdom/Compassion, the Three Bodies and Upaya (Skillful Means). We will also discuss how these teachings have influenced Zen.

November 3 Class Three - Vajrayana Buddhism

We will explore the forms of the Tantric tradition, including the essential themes of of Buddha Nature, the Transfiguration of Emotions, Sacred View, Forceful Means (deity yoga, visualization, mantra, etc.) and the Foundational Elements of Vajrayana Practice (refuge, bodhicitta, guru yoga, atonement and offering)

November 24 Class Four - Zen and the Essence Traditions

A look at the history of Chan, Zen, Dzogchen and Mahamudra and an introduction to the various Zen schools and lineages. We will also be introduced to key Zen literature and the teachings of Nonduality, Spontaneity, Direct Pointing to Nature of Mind and Original Perfection. 

December 1 Class Five - Buddhism and (Post)Modernity

A look at what has shaped Buddhism in Modern/Post Modern times including modern adaptations of the traditions, Buddhism and Science, Buddhism and the Sacred Feminine and the Religion of Tomorrow. 

Classes are offered by donation. Please RSVP by emailing the

Great Vow Zen Monastery
79640 Quincy-Mayger Rd
Clatskanie, Oregon 97016