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  Week One – Overview

This week provides an overview of the historical, social, and spiritual context within which the buddhadharma arose. It tells the story of the Buddha’s life and reviews sections of his first sermon contained in the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, or “The Discourse Setting the Wheel of Dharma in Motion.” It also gives simple and accessible tips on how to read suttas.

This week you will

  • Gain historical, spiritual, and doctrinal knowledge of the environment in which Buddhism arose
  • Understand what is meant by the first turning of the wheel of dharma
  • Learn details of the Buddha’s life story
  • Cultivate skill in how to approach foundational Buddhist texts