We compare the Theravadan and Mahayana traditions, explore the four seals – the four cornerstones of Buddhist thought, introduce the sutra and tantra paths, explain what it means to be Buddhist in terms of daily life, and do some meditation together. In the final session, we take a look at some of the many resources (books, classes, websites) available for studying Tibetan Buddhism. This will be an informal workshop with plenty of time for questions.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have a broad understanding of what it means to be Buddhist. They will be familiar with the kinds of questions Tibetan Buddhism addresses, understand the purpose and benefits of studying Buddhist thought and practicing meditation, and they will have a list of resources for further study.