INTRODUCTION & STUDY GUIDE
The Pureland Buddhism Introductory Course is currently closed to new students. The next intake will be in September 2017.
15 lessons guide you from Basic Buddhism to a deeper understanding of the Pureland Tradition. The lessons are appropriate to all: those new to Buddhism, new to Pureland Buddhism and the experienced alike.
There is a one-off payment for the course (£30/$56/€42.73). However, should this make the course difficult to afford, please notify us by filling out the contact form (select "Introduction to Pureland" as category, after you send the message the course facilitator will contact you).
A Recommended Method of Study
1. Each lesson has either an introduction or a resume. Read this at the beginning of the lesson. If it is not clear to you, refer back to previous lessons before continuing.
2. Next, read the numbered sections of the lesson through once.
3. Reread the lesson, making sure you understand each section in turn.
4. Answer the questions, writing down short answers.
5. Send your answers to the questions to your tutor by email.
6. Refer back to the lesson text to clarify your understanding of any points you had difficulty with.
7. The lessons also have discussion questions. Once your tutor has received, reviewed and replied to your answers s/he will give you access to the next lesson. You will be notified by the email address you have used to sign up.
8. You can keep the lessons by copying them into a Word/Pages-type file.
9. Write in a notebook any thoughts you have about the subject raised in the lesson, either theoretical or in its personal reference to yourself. You may wish to contact your tutor directly with any further questions.
10. 24 hours after completing it, go back and reread the text of the lesson.
11. Once in a while, go back and redo the self-test questions from earlier lessons.
12. After every five lessons there is a revision self-test. If there are points you do not remember, refer to the relevant lesson.
Note: the usual boundaries of confidentiality apply ie what is shared with your tutor, remains between you and the tutor. You are invited to give at least a thumbnail description of yourself.
For anyone new to Buddhism
The Buddhist teaching is called Dharma. This course introduces the basic concepts and methods of Buddhist Dharma in a simple graduated sequence. The perspective adopted is that taught and practised in the Amida Shu sangha (Amida Pureland School). The word sangha means a spiritual community. Buddhist groups are called sanghas. The Amida Shu is a religious order in the Buddhist tradition. Members of the Amida Order, the Amida Shu and the wider Amida Sangha are to be found around the globe. The Amida Shu in the UK is sponsored by the Amida Trust, a registered religious not for profit charity.
If you are new to Buddhism, you will find everything you need here in order to get a quite thorough understanding of the basic teachings. The course takes you step by step from broad concepts and simple practices toward more subtle points and more advanced methods. The Amida approach draws upon all the main writings and traditions of Buddhism, considering them from a Pureland perspective. Hence it encompasses much material that would be of interest to Buddhists experienced in different traditions. Pureland is the most popular form of Buddhism in the far east. We offer this course to spread interest in Pureland Buddhism.
If you want to study further or if you want to be involved with Amida Trust and the Amida Shu in other ways, you are most welcome. If you are not already a member, do join Friends of Amida Shu to find out more about us.