This course is an introduction to Buddhism. I became very interested in Buddhism while living in Vietnam for over five years from 2007 to 2012. While Buddhism is by definition a religion, in actual practice it resembles philosophy and psychology more than religion if we go by Buddha's actual teachings.
Buddhism is essentially a set of tools developed over thousands of years in India, China, Japan and throughout Asia. These tools are more applicable now than ever before as we grapple with the anxiety that has become typical in modern life.
This course will introduce to you what Buddhism is, how it can help you develop happiness, contentment, equanimity, peace, and love so that you can deal with modern challenges effectively, and generally enrich your experience as a human being.
I have now spent thousands of hours studying Buddhism, meditating, and speaking with monks at Pagodas and Monasteries throughout Vietnam and South East Asia. Since I am an American, I feel that I am in a unique position to communicate the essence of Buddhism and it's teachings to a western audience as very few people can.
In addition, I am trained as a teacher, with a teaching certificate from the University of Idaho as well as a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the same school. So I am confident that students will leave my course with a solid understanding not only of what Buddhism is, but HOW it can help you to improve yourself and change your life for the better.
Join my course, and let these ancient strategies help you deal with modern challenges. They've lasted this long because they work!
Learn the traditional story of Siddhartha Gautama and how he became the "Awakened One"
Learn the core principles of Buddhism as they taught by the Buddha and are still practiced today
The Four Noble Truths form the foundation of the Buddhism.
The Eightfold Path is one of the Four Noble Truths and is the path to salvation according to the Buddha. Learn how you can begin to follow the Eightfold Path in your life.
The Middle Way is another tenet at the heart Buddhism that helps us to maintain balance in our life, which is another important teaching of the Buddha
Meditation is the primary tool by which human beings may become enlightened according to the Buddha and his followers. Learn how to do breathing mediation which has been described as the best form of mediation for beginners.
The idea of non-attachment is one of the most important principles in Buddhism as it helps us to maintain equanimity as we grapple with challenges in our lives.
Emptiness is a challenging idea that Buddhism espouses as a worthwhile state to perceive. Learn about the Buddhist notion of emptiness and its importance in our training
Learning to let go of a fixation on the self is another key principle of Buddhism, as it allows us to focus on others which is ultimately what brings us happiness.
Learn what the Buddha meant by cutting out "toxins" and how we can remove harmful habits from our lives
Sometimes going back to the basics is what we need in order to move forward. Learn how simpflifying our life and thoughts can increase happiness and contentment
Learn why the Buddha regarded solitude as necessary to strengthen our new habits as we begin to follow the "path of the warrior" and implement the Eightfold Path into our every day lives
Only through total acceptance of the world can we move forward with our training and learn to "rule our world". Learn why this is a key idea in Buddhism
Learn about Windhorse, which is an idea from the ancient Tibetan lineage of Buddhist teachers. The ancient kingdom of Shambhala used Windhorse to create an enlightened society.
Learn how to create an enlightened society according to the Buddha. Bringing Heaven Down to Earth is a powerful idea that can help to transform your life
We take a final look at the core principles of Buddhism and how we can learn to use them to improve our happiness, help others, and contribute to the Buddhist ideal of enlightenment and an enlightened society
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My courses are designed based on my many years as a teacher and student of education and business. I hold a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and have been designing curricula for over a decade.
The business, language, and chess courses that I have built on Udemy are a reflection of this experience and dedication to education. My goal is to reach as many people as possible with my courses, which is why I have chosen the internet and the Udemy platform as my ideal mode of delivery.
The following is a little more about my expertise and background. I was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. I attended the University of Idaho where I earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2004. After a few years in the work force as an account manager I moved to Vietnam where I lived for over 5 years.
While in Vietnam I taught English as a second language for almost 2 years to students of all ages and backgrounds. For the 3 final years that I lived there I opened and ran a sports training company called Saigon Sports Academy. We coached sports such as soccer, chess, tennis, and basketball as well as ran large sporting events such as tournaments and leagues. My positions while at the company included Director of Strategic Initiatives as well as Director of the Chess Program.
While living in Vietnam I became fluent in the Vietnamese language and developed a deep love for teaching and traveling internationally. I then came back in the United States to work on a masters degree in education so that I would be an even more effective teacher in the future. It is my wish to be a positive force for education in the world, and to inspire my current and future students to be the best that they can be in whatever they do.