Intro To Mahayana Buddhism Class


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The two currently existing major schools of Buddhism, Theravada and Mahayana, are to be understood as different expressions of the same teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha. They agree upon and practice the core teachings of the Buddha’s Dharma. Time, culture and customs in the countries in Asia which adopted the Buddha-dharma have more to do with the apparent differences, and you will not find any animosity between the two major schools, other than that created by healthy debate on the expression of and the implementation of the Buddha’s teachings.

This is a four week Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism class taught by Mr. Richard Modiano (Minister Assistant, Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple).

Course Dates

Oct. 23 – Nov. 13, 2017 (Mondays from 7:30PM – 8:30PM, except for first class on Oct. 23, which will go from 8:00PM – 9:00PM)


Date Topic
Oct. 23 Origins of Mahayana Buddhism
Oct. 30 Basic Concepts of Mahayana Buddhism
Nov. 6 Principle Mahayana Sutras
Nov. 13 Schools of Mahayana Buddhism

Suggested text

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Buddhism by Gary Gach.


Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
12371 Braddock Dr, Culver City, CA 90230

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Email or call (310) 391-4351.


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