Thursday, May 22, 2014

Budddhism in a Nutshell

First and third Saturdays 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.: June 21st, (no meeting July 5th), July 19, Aug.  10th+ 16th,  Sept. 6th 9th+ and 20th.

Buddhism in a Nutshell: This is an introductory course that provides a general overview of basic Buddhist philosophy and principles for complete beginners and is intended to provide a basis for more extensive study about Buddhism. It does not assume that those who participate in this course know anything at all about Buddhism or about meditation, but simply that there is an interest in learning something about Buddhism in its various forms and that a presentation in a Tibetan Mahayana context is appealing. However, the materials covered in this course should not be considered the property of beginners alone; the teachings offered here are profound and will be of benefit to even advanced students on the path to enlightenment.


  This course includes audio recordings, guided meditations, readings and discussion questions.

Suggested donation: $10 per session or $5 if you are a student or laid off.  All are welcome!     


You do not have to be Buddhist nor is prior attendance required.

*We will offer a Medicine Buddha puja for H. Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and for Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche's long lives on Sunday Aug. 10th 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday Sept. 9th 5:30 - 7:30 p.m..   All are welcome.

  Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church (UUYO), 1105 Elm. St. (enter Illinois St. side), Youngstown,     OH 4450.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Discovering Buddhism - Module 7 - Refuge in the Three Jewels

Saturdays: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Feb. (14th+), 22th, Mar. 8th, 15th, (16th+),  29th,  Apr. 5th, 12th, (15th+), and (19th*).


In this module you will be informed about what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha), and the essential practices of refuge. You will find out more about the advantage of taking lay vows and their role in enhancing our spiritual growth.



It is appropriate for beginners and does not assume that those who come for this course know anything at all about Buddhism. This course includes audio recordings, guided meditations, readings and discussion questions.

Suggested donation: $10 per session or $5 if you are a student or laid off.  All are welcome!     


You do not have to be Buddhist nor is prior attendance required.

+We will offer a Medicine Buddha puja for H. Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and for Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche's long lives on Friday Feb. 14th, Sunday Mar. 16th and Tuesday Apr. 15th 3:00 -  5:00 p.m..

*This we'll be the final session of "Refuge in the Three Jewels" and consist of four meditations of approx. 45 minutes each from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m..

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church (UUYO), 1105 Elm. St. (at Illinois), Youngstown, OH 44505

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Discovering Buddhism - Module Six - All About Karma

Saturdays: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Jan. 4th, 11th, (15th+), 18th, Feb. 1st, (8th*) and (14th+).


This module aims to introduce you to the Buddhist concept of karma, the law of cause and effect, and what it means to take personal responsibility. Using examples from everyday life we will analyze how actions determine their results and cause us to experience either happiness or suffering. We will explore purification practices and establish a daily meditation on karma.




It is appropriate for beginners and does not assume that those who come for this course know anything at all about Buddhism. This course includes audio recordings, guided meditations, readings and discussion questions.

Suggested donation: $10 per session or $5 if you are a student or laid off.  All are welcome!     


You do not have to be Buddhist nor is prior attendance required.

+We will offer a Medicine Buddha puja for H. Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and for Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche's long lives on Wednesday, Jan. 15th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m and Friday Feb. 14th 3:00 - 5:00 p.m..

*This we'll be the final session of "All about Karma" and consist of four meditations of approx. 45 minutes each from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church (UUYO), 1105 Elm. St. (at Illinois), Youngstown, OH 44505

Monday, September 30, 2013

Discovering Buddhism - Module Five - Death and Rebirth

Saturdays: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Oct. 12th, 26thNov. 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th.


Understand life, death and rebirth and the nature of mind.  Learn to use fear of death to overcome fear of death.  Discover how to use the certainty and imminence of death to enhance your quality of life.    Practice analytical and placement meditation.  See how the entire path to enlightenment hangs together as a cohesive whole and where the teachings on impermanence and death, the first and last that the Buddha gave, fit in.

It is appropriate for beginners and does not assume that those who come for this course know anything at all about Buddhism. This course includes audio recordings, guided meditations, readings and discussion questions.

Suggested donation: $10 per session or $5 if you are a student or laid off.  All are welcome!     


You do not have to be Buddhist nor is prior attendance required.



Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church (UUYO), 1105 Elm. St. (at Illinois), Youngstown, OH 44505

Monday, August 5, 2013

Discovering Buddhism - Module Four - The Spiritual Teacher

Saturdays 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.:  July 13th, 20th, 27th, Aug. 3rd, 10th,  24th & Sept. 14th, 21st. 

 (Please note: All dates are subject to change.)

In this module you will investigate the role of the teacher on the spiritual path: the need for a teacher, the qualities of a teacher, the qualities of a student, and how to relate to a teacher for greatest benefit in one’s spiritual life. You will consider the challenges we face when thinking of entering into a “guru-disciple” relationship and learn how to overcome these skillfully.

The session on Sept. 21st will be an intensive pratice on The Spiritual Teacher consisting of six meditations of 45 minutes.

      

It is appropriate for beginners and does not assume that those who come for this course know anything at all about Buddhism. This course includes audio recordings, guided meditations, readings and discussion questions.

Suggested donation: $10 per session or $5 if you are a student or laid off.  All are welcome!     



You do not have to be Buddhist nor is prior attendance required.

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church (UUYO), 1105 Elm. St. (at Illinois), Youngstown, OH 44505

Monday, May 13, 2013

Discovering Buddhism - Module Three - Presenting the Path

Saturdays 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Apr. 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th May 4th, 18th, 25th, June 1st.
 
(Note: All dates are subject to change.)

In this module you will get an overview of the entire Tibetan Buddhist path to awakening.  Study the life story of the Buddha and discover a unique system for putting Buddhist Philosophy into practice - the lim-rim or "graduated path to enlightenment".  It is appropriate for beginners and does not assume that those who come for this course know anything at all about Buddhism. This course includes audio recordings, guided meditations, readings and discussion questions.

Suggested donation: $10 per session or $5 if you are a student or laid off.       

All are welcome! You do not have to be Buddhist nor is prior attendance required

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ven. George Churinoff visits Youngstown!

                The Manjushri study group in conjunction with the Dale Ethics Center at Youngstown State University (YSU) is delighted to host
                  Visiting teacher Ven. George Churinoff on Monday, February 11th
At YSU,  Board of Trustees Room in Tod Hall
                                 from 5:00–7:00 PM on the topic of   
                            “Three Branches of Ethics in Mahayana Buddhism.”

    Ven. George Churinoff (Gelong Thubten Tsultrim), a FPMT registered teacher, was born in Chicago in 1945. He graduated MIT in 1967 with a BSc in Physics. After a  couple years of graduate school in Physics, he taught at Choate School in Connecticut and American Community School in Beruit. He attended the 7th Kopan course in 1974 and took initial ordination with Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in December 1975; Getsul in 1976 with Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Gelong in 1977 with Kyabje Ling Rinpoche.
      He has taught and studied at several FPMT centers around the world. He taught a one month Kopan course in the spring of 1977. He then studied and meditated at Kopan and in Dharamsala for four years. Was Spiritual Co-ordinator (SPC) at Manjushri Institute in England and studied and taught there for more than three years. After six months of teachings in India at the first Dharma celebration, he became the SPC at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy and he studied and taught there for around seven years. He helped to start the Seven Year Study Program, teaching and translating the written material for the classic texts Abhisamayalamkara, Madhyamakavatara  and part of Abhidharmakosha. He was SPC and principal teacher at Tushita Delhi for two years while earning an MA in Buddhist Studies from Delhi University. He then studied at the Institute of Dialectics in Dharamsala and the Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath. He was the English tutor of Lama Osel Rinpoche at Sera Monastery in India for more than three years. Was principal teacher at Hiyagriva Centre in Perth, Australia and at Dorje Chang Institute in New Zealand for around two years while teaching some courses of the Basic Program. He helped found the FPMT Center in Mongolia and taught there for around six months.He then taught the Basic Program at Land of Medicine Buddha in 2003 and 2004 and the 2005 Kopan Course.
    For the past six years, George has been living at Deer Park with Kyabje Geshe Sopa in Madison, Wisconsin, teaching at Deer Park and editing Geshe-la’s teachings on Lama Tzong Khapa's commentary to Madhyamakavatara. He has received extensive teachings in both the Sutra and Tantra traditions from the most qualified Tibetan masters and has done many retreats and has taught around the world in America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
    His hobbies include computers (founded the Land of Medicine Buddha Media Lab) and Hatha Yoga.