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Buddhism Made Easy: a Practical Introduction

What is Buddhism?  What are the fundamental teachings and the history of this spiritual tradition?

In this series Jon Landaw will cover the main concepts of Buddhism without overwhelming you with technical jargon.  The topics are loosely based on his best-selling book “Buddhism for Dummies”.

Everybody is welcome.  No background required.  There also will be time for Q&A.

Class 1: Introduction to Buddhism and its various traditions

  • Life of the historical Buddha
  • How Buddhism spread
  • The emergence of different Buddhist schools and traditions
  • Introduction to the Four Noble Truths: the fundamental Buddhist teachings

Class 2: How our mind creates our experience

  • The nature of the mind
  • The causes of happiness and suffering
  • How karma works
  • Reincarnation and the various realms of experience

Class 3: Fulfilling our highest potential

  • Gaining liberation through the three higher trainings
  • Cultivating the compassionate heart
  • Practicing the six perfections on the path to Enlightenment
  • Introduction to the Vajrayana: the lightning vehicle of Buddhist tantra

Class 4: Practicing Buddhism in everyday life

  • How to deal with life's problems
  • Avoiding common misconceptions
  • Starting a daily practice


Jon Landaw was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1944. He received his A.B. degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College in 1965 and spent three years teaching English as a Second Language with the Peace Corps in Iran (1966-69).

Jon worked as English editor for the Translation Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (1972-77) producing numerous texts under the guidance of Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. As a student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche since the mid-1970's, he has edited numerous works for Wisdom Publications, including “Wisdom Energy” and “Introduction to Tantra.” He is also the author of “Prince Siddhartha,” a biography of Buddha for children, “Images of Enlightenment,” published by Snow Lion in 1993 and “Buddhism for Dummies”. As an instructor of Buddhist meditation, he has taught in numerous Dharma centers throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.

Jon is known for his ability to present traditional Buddhist ideas in ways that are accessible and relevant for everyday life.  He and his wife currently live in Capitola where he teaches regularly at the nearby Land of Medicine Buddha center.

Have questions about Buddhism Made Easy? Contact Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center


Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
1550 La Pradera Drive
Campbell, CA 95008

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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center

Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center (GGBC) is the Silicon Valley center affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, FPMT, hosting events in the San Jose, Santa Clara County area.

We are Tibetan Buddhists in the Gelug lineage. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual inspiration for our organization and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director.

GGBC conducts on-going courses in Buddhist philosophy and practice. We also host special events with authentic teachers in our tradition, including Tibetan lamas, qualified international monks and nuns, experienced Western Dharma students, and specialists in Tibetan arts and medicine.

Gyalwa Gyatso Buddhist Center is a registered non-profit religious corporation, 501(c)(3), and donations are tax-deductible. (408) 866-5056


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