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Do you subscribe to the perspective of “this and that” rather than “this or that”?


Do you subscribe to the idea that we can each deepen our practice through continuous learning? Do you subscribe to the idea that we all strive to live our lives everyday through a Buddhist lens?


If so, we have another subscription for you to consider.


EVERYDAY BUDDHIST is an online learning site that offers a full curriculum of Shin Buddhist teachings that we call our EVERYDAY BUDDHIST Course Pathway. It provides a rare opportunity to learn about Shin Buddhism along an organized and systematic path.


We currently have more than 14 courses, each with three to six lectures taught by certified Shin Buddhist ministers, which can be accessed at your own time, at your own pace, and in your own home.


We have recently converted EVERYDAY BUDDHIST to a subscription model at a low cost of $95 a year or $10 a month. You can start at the beginning and experience our curriculum as we have structured it, or access any course in any sequence you would like.


Our courses are no longer grouped by level of difficulty such as Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced. Instead, we conceive of our curriculum in terms of depth.


Each course along the path is of equal depth. If one has a beginner’s mind then even the story of the Buddha can be heard as if it is for the first time. In this way, introductory, intermediate and advanced students can all study and practice together.


We take this journey together in a round robin fashion taking a course on the Buddha, then the Dharma, the Sangha and Practice. These four categories of learning represent our organizing principle. After these first four courses are completed then we begin again back at Buddha for another round of four courses. In this way, we can gradually and evenly present the Shin tradition. This also allows our instructors to focus on a specific topic knowing that there is more to come.


Each course lecture also has a comment section for students to interact with their teachers and a course bibliography is also provided. Lectures are also augmented with additional readings and videos.


In addition, each lecture has a quiz for students to review what they have just learned. This style of learning was developed from the feedback we have received from our students. They want to learn on demand in a relaxed environment. They are not looking for an academic experience but asked for guidance.


Buddhism is much like an escalator or a merry-go-round. It is very difficult to know where and when to jump on. Taking a course is much like this. It is hard to know where to start and where to go next.


EVERYDAY BUDDHIST is designed to make this transition for observer to participant much easier. We wanted to lower the bar to entry into our tradition.


Our EVERYDAY BUDDHIST Course Pathway is intended to supplement the irreplaceable experience of temple membership and Sangha participation. It provides both the background of Shin Buddhism, the development of Buddhist thought, and how to apply Buddhist practices within your everyday life.


As a new entity, EVERYDAY BUDDHIST is ever expanding to serve our Buddhist community. New content is continuously being developed and there will be a steady flow of new courses on our EVERYDAY BUDDHIST Course Pathway. We are also working on a BCA temple affiliate program to support the local temples and provide content to their Buddhist Educational Committees.


We encourage Shin Buddhists to log onto everydaybuddhist.org. Check out our EVERYDAY BUDDHIST Course Pathway, sign up for free to our blogs, Live Chats and consider subscribing with a yearly membership.


Buddhist temple leaders; please make your Sangha aware of this opportunity and very practical way to increase their learning from home, deepen their practice, and add further understanding to help support their Sangha practice at your temple.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at contactus@everydaybuddhist.org.


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