Because of the great variety of Buddhist traditions currently practiced (Tibetan, Tantric, Zen, etc) there is some confusion as to the basic tenets which Siddatha Gotama (563 BC to 480 BC) the Buddha himself taught to the order of monks, nuns and laity in Northern India for 45 years after his 'awakening.'
THE TEACHINGS OF THE BUDDHA presents these basic tenets and their conceptual bearings directly from the canonical discourses (suttas) of the Buddha himself as derived from the oldest extant Pali manuscripts (Sinahlese). We place the Buddha's teachings in the context of his time and against the backdrop of ancient Vedic (Hindu) philosophy.
We follow the Buddha's path to his 'awakening' as related directly from the discourses, and of course we review the Buddha's most important teachings: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, annica (impermanence), annata (non-self), silas (moralities), samadhi (concentration and the eight stages of meditation), panna (wisdom) and vipassana (insight), the dhamma (doctrine), paticca samupadha (causal genesis) and nibbana (extinction).
This popular and informative talk has been presented previously by Etan at the Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Mystic Journey Bookstore, Hill Street Center, On the Path Gallery, T Salon, Power Yoga, the Texas Yoga Conf (Houston).
Note: Our talk is comparable to a 15 week, 3 unit academic course condensed to 2 hours! Those who are serious in beginning to understand the foundations of the truly contemporary and profound teachings of the Buddha himself, please take advantage of this comprehensive approach and attend. (The actual teachings are quite different than the well-meaning but non-attibutable "Buddha" sound bytes on Facebook and elsewhere!)
Etan Boritzer is a yoga/meditation teacher in Santa Monica who has studied Eastern philosophy, practiced yoga & meditation since 1968 with teachers in India, Japan and the US. He also is the best selling childrens book author of "What Is God?" and 11 other titles, published in 12 languages.