Introduction to Buddhism 101
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Introduction to Buddhism 101

A Journey in Basic Buddhism
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Created by Kanjin Cederman
Last updated 7/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Introduction to Buddhism
  • Meditation
  • Philosophy
  • Practicing Buddhism
  • Buddhism
  • Life Change
  • An interest in meditation
  • Interest in Buddhism
  • Interest to Change

Through this course you will be able to learn the basic story of the founder of Buddhism life and his first teachings.  In these lectures, we will cover the basic building blocks of Buddhist philosophy and practice, with easy to understand lectures by our Head Priest and Dharma Teacher, Rev. Kanjin Cederman. 

At the end of this course, you will have a great understanding of what Buddhism and its teachings are and how to implement them into your daily lives. 

It is our sincere hope, that you and your life will be great benefited by this labor of love and compassion.

With Gassho,

The Enkyoji Buddhist Team

Who this course is for:
  • Begginers who are interested in meditation
  • Philosophy
  • Yoga
Course content
Expand all 31 lectures 05:54:14
+ Introduction to course
22 lectures 03:58:42

A short welcome lecture from Rev. Kanjin Cederman to the course.

Preview 06:29

Arrival of the Aryan peoples and formation of the Caste System.

Indian Society at the Emergence of Buddhism

One cannot over look the direct influence of Brahmanism and other non-Buddhist traditions that the Buddha studied on Buddhism.

Brahmanism and Non-Buddhist Religions

As Buddhist this is the most inspirational and timeless story to inspire us to walk the path of our Founder Sakyamuni Buddha.

Biographies of Shakyamuni Buddha

This traditional method of recalling the eight major events in the Buddha's life and practice.  Is a wonderful tool, to support our practice and determination.

The Eight Phases of Shakyamuni Buddha's Life

Yes, the Buddha was born into this world.  This wonderful story that has inspired important events and art in our Buddhist practice.  Through this story we can see our own birthright of enlightenment and the importance of our goals in life.

Shakyamuni's Birth and Young Adulthood

As a prince we can see that the grass is not always greener on the other side.  In understanding the concept of the middle way, we should examine this imbalance through prince Siddhartha's life.

Life as a Prince

The major decision that every seeker needs to make.  To leave behind what we know and enter into the unknown to find clarity and insight.  The true "seeking mind".

Deciding to Leave Home

Religious training is the way we believe we can find answers to the "Why".  The place where the rubber hits the road.

Life of Religious Training

Enlightenment, the goal of the spiritually inclined.  The effort of Prince Siddhartha has manifested in this moment of clarity.

The Moment of Enlightenment

What happened during the Buddha's first teaching?  The most basic concepts of Buddhist practice taught during this compassionate action of turning the wheel of the Dharma are the building blocks of any Buddhist study.

The Content of the First Turning of the Dharma Wheel

The Middle Way of neither extreme served as the base for the rededication to correct practice leading to enlightenment.

The Middle Way

This is by far the most famous and well known teaching of the Buddha and gives us a way to know how we can begin to walk to path towards realization and why.

The Four Noble Truths

Through these Seals, we are able to see if a practice or belief is in harmony with the awakening of our teacher.

The Four Seals of the Dharma

The idea of No-Self is perhaps the most difficult realization in ones life and the most freeing.


A conclusion to the Buddha's First Teaching after enlightenment.

Final Thoughts on the Buddha's First Teaching

In this lecture, we will talk about the Buddha traveling and people joining the Buddhist community (Sangha) as disciples.

The Buddha's Disciples

In this lecture we will talk about the Buddha's final journey before passing away.  What did this mean for the Buddhist Sangha and his many disciples?

Final Journey

In this lecture, we will talk about the meaning of the Buddha's Nirvana and passing away for his teaching and the Sangha community.

Entrance into Nirvana and Passing Away

Like many religious figures, there is a lot of research and study as to understand the exact date of the Sakyamuni Buddha.  Here, I give you the current research and understanding on this subject.

The Date of Sakyamuni Buddha's Death

In this lecture, we will discuss the grouping and organization of the Buddha's teachings from the lectures received from his disciples during his lifetime. 

The Establishment of the Tripitaka

There is a lot of discussion around this subject and it has changed based on new findings just over the last thirty years.  I will lecture on the many ideas of why the Sangha seems to have split into two distinct Vehicles and what this means for practitioners.

The Development and Division of the Sangha
+ The Development of Buddhist Thought
4 lectures 50:07

"Buddhist Studies" is a term that covers, how the teachings of the historical Sakyamuni Buddha, were interpreted throughout history up until now.

Development of Buddhist Thought Overview

A  major and sometimes confusing teaching found in basic Buddhism.  Through this lecture, I share with you the basics so that you may have a foundation of these concepts.

No-Self and Dependent Arising

Again, more basic teachings of overall Buddhist Study and practice. 

Bodhi, Moksa, and Nirvana

This is a word that is commonly heard of in Buddhist studies and practice.  But what does it mean and how to apply it?  In this lecture, I will share my understanding of this subject, that may give you insight of this in your own study and practice.

+ Meditation
1 lecture 20:44

Here, I will share with you a very basic introduction to Buddhist Meditation instruction and practice.  This basic practice, is very useful to calm our mind to begin the practice of contemplation to see the world as truly is.

Basic Meditation
+ Learning Buddhism
4 lectures 44:41

When you begin Buddhism, you may want to visit a temple.  These are some basic ideas and concepts to keep in mind.

Visiting Buddhist Temple

What does it mean to become a Buddhist?  In this video, I will explain the basic process and traditions associated with becoming a Buddhist student.

Become a Buddhist (Refuge Ceremony)

When we become a Buddhist, we must find a Buddhist teacher to guide us in our study and practice.  This is an introduction, to support you if you choose to continue your study and practice formally.

Finding a Teacher (Guide)

These are my final thoughts on the content of the course.

Final Thoughts