Buddhism 101: How to Walk Easily Over Rough Ground
Explore the transformative power of Buddhist philosophy with Dr. Douglas Gentile, renowned psychologist, celebrated professor, and Zen Buddhist monk.
Buddhism is a philosophy and set of practices designed to help us achieve inner peace and balance. It is a practical approach to working with our own habits of mind. Nonetheless, many of its core ideas seem mystical or inconceivable. In 19 revelatory audio lectures, Dr. Douglas Gentile aligns core Buddhist concepts such as karma, non-duality, and Nirvana with modern psychological science, making them easy to understand and use in our own lives.
Rather than prescribing a belief system, Buddhism points out that fixed beliefs often get in the way of seeing the world clearly. Buddha himself said not to believe anything he said, but instead to put it into practice for yourself and see how it works for you.
Through Buddhism, we can learn to cultivate more positive habits of mind and emotion. This allows us to be happier, kinder, more open, and more available to those around us, and to weather the storm when things aren’t going our way.
Buddhist practices can benefit anyone, and can be used in conjunction with other religious practices. Whether or not you think of yourself as “Buddhist,” the practices and ideas explored in this series can improve your life.
This course is part of the Learn25 collection.
Excellent course on the basics of Buddhism
Author Douglas Gentile combines his experience as an eminent psychologist and his training as a Zen Buddhist monk to offer this course explaining the basics of Buddhist philosophy. He integrates everyday examples and Buddhist writings into this series of lectures in a way that illuminates them and gives listeners ways of applying them to their lives. I appreciated the candor, humor, and most of all, the accuracy of the teachings. As a student of Buddhism and regular meditator, I highly recommend this book both as a starting point and as a refresher. I look forward to future offerings by this teacher.
I am a Christian in my 40s with a curiosity about world religions and an interest in meditative practices. This is the perfect course for someone like me. The professor, a Buddhist monk and psychology professor, made this course enjoyable with many anecdotes/stories while clearly explaining the fundamentals of Buddhist practice. I recommend this to anyone, regardless of their faith, who is interested in learning about Buddhism, or simply in living a more stress free life.
A great introduction to Buddhism
Good for someone who is curious about Buddhism and what modern Buddhism can bring to your life. Very engaging narrative style