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BUDDHA NIGHTS:

TIBETAN BUDDHISM

An on-going study of Buddhism for Buddhists,

friends of Buddhists or those interested in learning

more about Buddhism, that meets Wednesday evenings

from 7:00-9:00 p.m. according to the schedule below.

Everyone welcome. Registration is not necessary.

Come as come can. Attending all sessions of each

series is not necessary. The readings before each

meeting provide a common background for rich discussion.

No background knowledge of Buddhism is required.

Participants are responsible for obtaining their own books. All the texts are readily available from

www.Amazon.com and other on-line book suppliers. There are no fees or charges for the sessions.

All sessions meet at the Spiritual Care Center of the Geisinger Medical Center, 100 North Academy

Avenue, in Danville, PA. The Spiritual Care Center is a small white house across from the entrance

of the Pine Barn Inn, with parking behind the house and along the driveway.

The teacher and facilitator for the sessions is Chaplain Karl Pölm-Faudré, Gonpo Dorje, an ordained

Bodhisattva in the Chinese (Mahayana) and Tibetan (Vajrayana) Buddhist traditions. 570-214-5091

THE COMMON THREAD:

FUNDAMENTAL TEACHING OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM

The text for use throughout all three series, in addition to the specific series text listed below:

Dates: February 4 – June 10, 2009

Text: Rebecca McClen Novick (1999). Fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism.

ISBN-10: 0-89594-953-9 or ISBN-13: 978-0-89594-953-0

SERIES ONE:

IMPERMANENCE – THE SEED OF CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES

Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 2009

Text: Pema Chödrön (2002). Comfortable with uncertainty – 108 teachings.

Boston: Shambhala. ISBN: 1-57062-972-2 (cloth). No fee.

SERIES TWO:

THE BODHISATTVA WAY OF LIFE

Dates: April 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 2009

Text: Geshe Sönam Rinchen & Ruth Sonam (1997). The 37 practices of bodhisattvas.

Ithica, NY: Snow Lion Publications. ISBN:1-55939-068-9 (paper). No fee.

SERIES THREE:

EXPANDING COMPASSION AND LOVING KINDNESS

Dates: May 13, 20, 27, June 3 and 10, 2009

Text: Dalai Lama (2005). How to expand love. NY: Atria. ISBN: 0-7432-6968-3. No fee.


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BUDDHA NIGHTS – STAGES OF SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT:

Reading Schedule

For the Wednesday evenings in January of 2009, Buddha Nights features a study of the

developmental stages of consciousness and spirituality. This is available as a separate course, but is

also part of Buddha Nights in that the stages of the development of consciousness are common to all

world religions. These sessions also meet from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Spiritual Care Center.

Date: Text: Jim Marion (2004). The death of the mythic god: The rise of evolutionary spirituality.

2009 Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publications. ISBN: 1-57174-406-1

Jan 14 Part One Chapters: Introduction – 4 Pages: xiii – 66

Jan 21 Part Two Chapters: 5 – 9 Pages: 69 – 117

Jan 28 Part Two Chapters: 10 – Conclusion Pages: 118 – 163

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BUDDHA NIGHTS – TIBETAN BUDDHISM: Reading Schedule

Date: Text: Text:

2009

IMPERMANENCE – THE SEED OF CREATIVE POSSIBILITIES

Fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism Comfortable with Uncertainty

Feb 4 Chapter: 1 Pages: 7-17 Chapters: 1-12 Pages: 1-24

Feb 11 Chapter: 2 Pages: 17-29 Chapters: 13-24 Pages: 25-48

Feb 18 Chapter: 3 Pages: 30-34 Chapters: 25-37 Pages: 49-74

Feb 25 Chapter: 4 Pages: 35-41 Chapters: 38-49 Pages: 75-98

March 4 Chapter: 5 Pages: 42-50 Chapters: 50-60 Pages: 99-118

March 11 Chapter: 6 Pages: 51-56 Chapters: 61-73 Pages: 119-142

March 18 Chapter: 7 Pages: 57-63 Chapters: 74-84 Pages: 143-164

March 25 Chapter: 8 Pages: 64-72 Chapters: 85-97 Pages: 165-190

April 1 Chapter: 9 Pages: 73-80 Chapters: 98-108 Pages: 191-212

THE BODHISATTVA WAY OF LIFE

Fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism The 37 practices of bodhisattvas

April 15 Chapters: 10-11 Pages: 81-100 Chapters: 1-2 Pages: 1-24

April 22 Chapter: 12 Pages: 101-106 Chapters: 3-5 Pages: 25-40

April 29 Chapter: 13 Pages: 107-112 Chapters: 6-8 Pages: 41-62

May 6 Chapters: 14-15 Pages: 113-124 Chapters: 9-10 Pages: 63-82

EXPANDING COMPASSION AND LOVING KINDNESS

Fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism How to expand love

May 13 Chapter: 16 Pages: 125-129 Chapters: 1-4 Pages: vii-40

May 20 Chapter: 17 Pages: 130-142 Chapters: 5-7 Pages: 41-74

May 27 Chapter: 18 Pages: 143-166 Chapters: 8-10 Pages: 75-120

June 3 Chapter: 19 Pages: 167-176 Chapters: 11-12 Pages: 121-154

June 10 Chapter: 20 Pages: 177-193 Chapters: 13-16 Pages: 155-209

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