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Buddha Mandala Monastery Theory System – True View Section

Buddha Mandala Monastery Theory System – True View Section

 
Currently, Maitreya Pancavidya Buddhist Institute has set up the following classes:
 
 

To equip beginners with basic Buddhist knowledge to integrate into the Progressive Class.

1.1 Buddhism for Beginners

To expand student’s foundational Buddhist knowledge, this course is conducted by senior Buddhist lay disciples.

Course content: The Life of Shakyamuni Buddha, The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Noble Path, The Twelve Factors of Dependent Origination, Cause and Effect, Cyclic Existence, and the like.

 

1.2 History of Buddhism

Course content: History of Indian Buddhism, History of Chinese Buddhism and History of Tibetan Buddhism

The class will be divided into three to four study groups, every student will have to do at least one guided reading or two assigned sharing.  The objective for small group learning is to help students find areas of uncertainty and difficulty, to present what they have heard and thought about, and to share what they have realised from their learning and practice.  This guided reading and revision mode of learning will help students understand their extent of learning as well as stimulate their motivation to learn from each other.

 

1.3 Learning of Precepts

Course content: The Five Precepts Sutra, The Ten Virtues, The Eight Precepts, Yoga Bodhisattva Precepts, and the like.

2.1 True Views of the Teachings of the Three Vehicles

Transitioning from general understanding to specialised learning with targeted content.

  • Sravaka-yana Class:
    Yogacarabhumi Sastra – Sravaka Bhumi,
    Abhidharma Kosa

  • Bodhisattva-yana Class:
    Yogacarabhumi Sastra – Bodhisattva Bhumi,
    A Guide to Bodhisattva’s Way of Life,
    Treatise of the Hundred Dharmas

  • Vajrayana Class:
    A Guide to the Preliminary Practices of the Great Perfection (Dzogchen) by Longchen Nyingthig,
    The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim Chenmo),
    Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand,
    Nyingmapa’s Stages of the Nine Yanas,

    The Four Schools of Buddhist Philosophy

 

2.2 Vows to be Reborn in Maitreya Inner Court – True Views of the Sutras and Sastras of Maitreya

To be reborn in Maitreya Inner Court, the specific practice methods consists of theory and sustained practice.  From the stages of actual practice perspective, understand the relationship between the five sastras of Maitreya, the Yogacarabhumi Sastra and the Five Paths; the Progressive and Research classes are set up to enable students to completely understand the essence of the sastras of Maitreya and to integrate them into their practice.  The three sutras on Maitreya, namely Visualise Maitreya’s Ascend to Tushita Heaven, Maitreya’s Descent, and Maitreya’s Attainment of Buddhahood are important sutras for the learning of Maitreya Practice as they clearly explain its views and practices.  The sutras and sastras of Maitreya guide students towards the path of Buddhahood with their comprehensive, deep and profound views and practices.

  • The Ornament of the Mahayana Sutra 
  • Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes
  • Yogacarabhumi Sastra 
  • The Three Sutras on Maitreya

Vows to be Reborn in Maitreya Inner Court – True Views of the Sutras and Sastras of Maitreya

  • Discerning Dharma and Dharmata
  • The Ornament of Clear Realisation
  • Sublime Continuum of the Mahayana

 

Course Application Guidelines and Requirements

1. Students who have not attended two to three years of Buddhist classes:

  • Can first apply to study any courses in the Foundation Class, namely Buddhism for Beginners, History of Buddhism or Learning of Precepts.
    After completing a course, students can continue to study the other courses in the Foundation Class or take up any courses in the Progressive Class.
  • After completing a course in the Progressive Class, students can continue to study the other courses in the Progressive Class or take up any courses in the Research Class (if they are already doing Practice Booklet three or beyond).

2. Students who have attended two to three years of Buddhist courses:

  • Can directly apply to study any courses in the Progressive Class, namely courses in the Teachings of the Three Vehicles Class or Maitreya Sutras and Sastras Class.
  • After completing a course in the Progressive Class, students can continue to study the other courses in the Progressive Class or take up courses in the Research Class (if they are already doing Practice Booklet three or beyond).

3. The Research Class is for students of the Progressive Class who are doing Practice Booklet three or beyond. There may not be a new class each year.