Introduction to Buddhism – Wisdom and Compassion in our Daily Lives

Course Overview

This course introduces the main principles of wisdom, including impermanence, interdependence and emptiness, showing us how an understanding of these can be a powerful guide in finding happiness in our daily lives. We also examine ways in which we can work with our heart and mind, starting from wherever we find ourselves now, to discover our own potential for love and compassion.

Authentic meditation techniques are taught throughout the course, developing our experience of peace and clarity of mind. In addition, students also have the opportunity to learn the rich and rewarding compassion practices of loving kindness, the four immeasurable qualities, and tonglen.

In Buddhism, Wisdom and Compassion are considered as being inseparable, and it is how we work with this view in our daily interactions that is the real power and proof point of the truth of the teachings of the Buddha. Through this course we will explore the ancient teachings of this unbroken lineage, experiencing their wisdom directly through the application of authentic methods that help us to develop confidence, capacity and compassion in the way we are – with ourselves, with others, within our environment.

This is a year long course divided into 3 modules. Module 1 focuses on Wisdom. Module 2 focuses on Loving Kindness. Module 3 focuses on Compassion.

Module One – Buddhist Wisdom – 10 sessions

Thursday Evenings, 7 pm to 9 pm, 8 February to 12 April

This is an introductory course on Buddhist Wisdom, covering the fundamental principles of Tibetan Buddhism. The course includes time to learn and practise meditation, watch short teachings, and discuss in a small group setting. The course covers:

  • The nectar of contentment
  • Essence of the Buddha’s teachings
  • Buddha nature – Our fundamental goodness
  • Basic principles – the view of interdependency
  • Impermanence
  • The view of shunyata.

This course is part of the Introduction to Buddhism series (module 1) with the option of leading into two further modules (Loving Kindness and Compassion) for those interested in further study. No prerequisites are required for this Buddhist Wisdom module.

This course is for newcomers to Buddhism, as well as those who already have some experience with meditation and wish to deepen their understanding and practice.

Full Fee: $240
Concession Fee: Pension/ Student/ Unemployed: $150


Rigpa’s policy is that financial difficulties should not be an obstacle to attending our courses. If this is an issue for you please contact us.