New introduction to Buddhism

Mindfulness, where Dharma meets Practice

I am releasing in draft form a textbook for a five-week course on Buddhism based on early sources. I am currently using an earlier draft to teach a class in Minnesota and will use it in the next two months to teach in Austin and Houston, Texas. This was originally conceived as a more concise version of my Buddhist Life/Buddhist Path, but, as these things go, it became a distinct work, with mindfulness as the central theme.

This book is about Dharma, practice, and how they intersect in mindfulness. It is a nutshell introduction to Buddhism based almost exclusively on the earliest Buddhist sources, which are the historical basis for all of the diverse later schools of Buddhism, and which represent what the Buddha actually taught, as best as we can determine. It is a textbook that has been used to supplement about ten hours of class time.

In spite of its conciseness, this text provides a comprehensive overview of the range of Buddhist practice and understanding and contains practical advice on how we can integrate Buddhist practice into busy modern lives. It begins from the premise that Dharma serves solely as a support for practice and that the role of mindfulness is to enable Dharma effectively to inform practice.

I will distribute hard copies locally, but a pdf can can be downloaded here:

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4 Responses to “New introduction to Buddhism”

  1. sakkomuni Says:

    Nice ! very useful to me.


  2. Rick Says:

    Hello, Where and when will this five week course be taught? Thank you.


  3. Vegard Hole Hirsch Says:

    Thank you so much for your clear thinking and for taking the time to communicate it so clearly. Very helpful for me – a western buddhist trying to navigate the sea of ancient asian wisdom and everyday family life in a western country.


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