Buddhism class begins in Vail
VAIL – The Summit Dharma Center is presenting an eight-week-series of teachings titled Introduction to Buddhism at the Vail Chapel back-building basement beginning March 11 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Running through April 29, each following Sunday will include progressive teachings on basic Buddhist dharma (the teachings of the Buddha) perfect for beginners curious about the Buddhist path and meditation. The course will cover fundamentals of Buddhism, including the four noble truths, the eightfold path, the seven factors of awakening and many other basic concepts.
Led by Gen-La Michael Gregory, the course will use the text “Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching,” penned by the Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Naht Hahn (pronounced Tick-Naught-Han). During the war in Vietnam, Naht Hahn worked tirelessly for reconciliation between North and South Vietnam. His lifelong efforts to generate peace moved Martin Luther King Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.
He lives in exile in a small community in France where he teaches, writes, gardens and works to help refugees worldwide. He has conducted many mindfulness retreats in Europe and North America, helping veterans, children, environmentalists, psychotherapists, artists and many thousands of individuals seeking peace in their hearts and in their world.
Gregory (Chokyi Dhakpa), the class’s instructor, has followed a path in Buddhism that spans nearly 18 years, starting with his exposure to Western philosophy in college, culminating in his studies under Gyalstab Rinpoche and Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Karma Kagyu lineage masters. Upon completion of his time in India, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche dispatched Gen-la Chokyi Dhakpa back to the United States to teach Western students about the dharma. To learn more about the introduction to Buddhism classes beginning March 11, contact Fred Hammond at 331-6468 or visit http://www.summitdharmacenter.org.