Dharma Education Center

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Introduction to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism

Wednesday nights 7:00-8:30 pm, March 4 to April 8

Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple
1155 Noche Buena Street
Seaside, CA 93955

Contact: 831.394.0119 montereydec@gmail.com
Cost: Members $25 Non-Members $50

Shinran Shonin 1173-1264 is credited as the founder of the True Pure Land School of Buddhism (Jodoshinshu) which became the largest school of Buddhism in Japan and possibly the world. We will look at the life of Shinran and the development of what became a revolutionary form of Buddhism.

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The Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple sponsors educational classes for those new to Buddhism and to those who wish to add to their knowledge of Buddhism. Classes are 6-8 weeks long held on weeknights for 1 ½ hours. As schedules of classes are confirmed, registration and information will be posted on this page. Classes offered include:

Introduction to Buddhism

This course will provide for the student a basic introduction to general Buddhism. Students will learn about the history, culture and rituals contained within the Buddhist religion. Topics will include the life of Shakyamuni Buddha. We will examine what is known as the six paramitas, the six realms of existence and the Buddhist view of life and death. Contained within the traditions, rituals and culture of Buddhism are wonderful life lessons and tools we will learn for everyday living. As we examine Buddhism we will also examine its relevance in our everyday lives.

Introduction to Jodoshinshu

Traditions and Ritual in Jodoshinshu

This course will cover the history of the True Pure Land Tradition (Jodoshinshu) in Japan and the United States. We will cover the rituals, traditions and customs associated with Jodoshinshu including, chanting, rites of passage, holidays and festivals associated with Jodoshinshu.

Students who take this class will gain a basic understanding of the Shinshu tradition and its history both in Japan. Students will acquire a working knowledge of the traditions and practices unique to Jodoshinshu in America and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the chanting, rituals, holidays and symbolism associated with Jodoshinshu. Finally students will learn about specific rites of passage and their importance in our daily life.

Symbols and Icons in Buddhism

This course will briefly cover the meaning and significance of symbolism and icons. We will look at general Buddhist symbols, statues, paintings and portraits and their significance within the Buddhist tradition. In the final session we will review some of the symbolism and icons specific to Jodoshinshu (True Pure Land) Buddhism.

Students who take this class will gain an understanding of symbolism in Buddhist traditions. Students will acquires a working knowledge of the traditions and practices in Buddhism while gaining an basic understanding of Buddhism and Jodoshinshu.