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COURSE 16: The Great Ideas of Buddhism, Part I.
The fifteen Formal Study Courses cover the main ideas of the entire course of study followed by a Tibetan monk-scholar (or geshe) at one of the great monasteries of Tibet. The three-part Great Ideas series summarizes all fifteen ACI Courses, along with the teachings of the traditional training of a Tibetan Buddhist Master. In part one, we cover the first five ACI Courses: The Principal Teachings of Buddhism, Buddhist Refuge, Applied Meditation, Proof of Future Lives, and How Karma Works.
The first half of each class in this Course was taught by Geshe Michael, and the second half of each class occurred in smaller study groups. Therefore, only the first half of each class is recorded in the audio portion of this series, and this Course is not available for correspondence course grading by the Institute. Successful completion of all three parts of this series, with a teacher in person, is required for a final, comprehensive ACI diploma.
This Formal Study Course includes a syllabus and a final exam along with the following written materials for each class: a reading, class notes, a quiz, homework, and an answer key. The complete written materials can be ordered by mail. The audio material will be made available as soon as we can.
The written materials for this Course are contained in nine PDF documents which can be downloaded, printed and assembled into a three-ring binder, or simply opened into a new browser window for quick viewing.
All of the files below can be easily downloaded as a ZIP file for easy printing. Course16.zip (1689 KB)
Course Sixteen contains the following PDF files for their corresponding sections:
Binder Cover & Spine
Overview of the teacher training program
Prayers, Course Syllabus & Readings
Tibetan Study Materials
The class notes were taken by a student in the original live classes, and you’ll need these for reference as what’s written on the board isn’t always spoken.
The Acrobat Reader is required to view these documents and is available for free from this link.
The class lectures are available below in Real Audio format and have been divided into smaller parts for ease of listening and downloading. These may be downloaded for saving and playing offline or listened to in streaming format which will play immediately.
The Real Audio 8 Basic Player is necessary and is available for free at this link.
The audio class lectures are also available in MP3 format as one larger file per class. To download an MP3 file directly to your hard disk, right click on the link and use the command "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As..."