Jungto Dharma School
- Introduction to Buddhism I -

Bring the Buddha’s Wisdom into Your Daily Life
Learn the original teachings of the Buddha under the guidance of Ven. Pomnyun Sunim.

You will learn how the mind works and experience changes in your perspective on life. As the students of Jungto Dharma School, you will not only study Buddhist doctrines (the Buddha’s core teachings) but also gain practical wisdom that helps you resolve various problems in your lives. Additionally, you will practice applying the teachings to your daily lives.

Throughout its 31-year history, Jungto Dharma School has helped countless people transform their lives.
This 20-week program will help participants learn how to live freer and happier lives in accordance with Buddhist teachings.

Dharma Teacher

Ven. Pomnyun Sunimm
Founder & Guiding Dharma Teacher, Jungto Society

Course Features

Weekly Online Meeting​

Meet with your group members and facilitators online.​

Course Materials

Before each weekly online meeting, listen to the assigned Dharma talks and review and complete the Course Workbook.


Online Edu Platform / Google Meet

Course Description

Understand the Buddha’s Core Teachings

From Original (Pre-Sectarian) Buddhism to Modern Buddhism
Buddha statue near pond
  • What is Buddhism?
  • What is Enlightenment?
  • Basic Buddhist Doctrine
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • The Law of Causality
  • The Middle Way
  • The Eightfold Path
  • The Law of Dependent Origination
  • The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination
  • Values of Buddhism
  • A Life of Happiness & Freedom

Learn How to Apply the Buddha’s Wisdom to Your Own Life

[Sharing Group] Sharing is a unique way of creating a collaborative learning environment. The participants will reflect on themselves while speaking about their own experiences and listening to other peoples’ insights, which deepens their understanding of the course materials.
[Weekly Practice Exercise] Students will be given a task each week that encourages them to apply the Buddha’s wisdom to their daily lives.

Course Overview

PeriodLesson Title
Week2What is Buddhism? - Buddhism as Practice
Week3What Is Buddhism? - Teachings on Enlightenment
Week4The Goal of Buddhism: Nirvana & Liberation
Week5Seminar I - What Is Sharing?
Week6The Four Noble Truths & The Law of Causality
Week7The Middle Way & The Eightfold Path
Week8The Law of Dependent Origination & The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination
Week9Seminar II - The Buddhist Perspective on the Environment & the Formal Monastic Meal
Live Q & A with Ven. Pomnyun Sunim
Week10The Three Jewels (the Buddha/the Dharma/the Sangha)
Week11The Three Refuges & The Six Principles of Harmony
Week12No Everlasting Abiding Dharma Vs. The Five Precepts
Week13The Meaning of the Five Precepts in Modern Society
Week14Seminar III - Peace & Harmony
Week15Chamhoe(Repentance) & The Real Meaning of Prayer
Week16Current Social Problems & The Tasks of Buddhism
Week17A Life of Happiness & Freedom I
Week18A Life of Happiness & Freedom II
Week19Vision of Jungto Society (JTS & Decision Making System)
Live Q & A with Ven. Pomnyun Sunim
Week20Seminar IV - Vision of Jungto Society
Online course, Introduction to Buddhism, Jungto Society

Weekly Group Meeting

Every Tuesday for 70 minutes September 6, 2022 -
January 24, 2023

Your registration is complete when Jungto Society confirms the receipt of the registration fee. Please note that submission of the registration form does NOT guarantee your seat.

The registration is scheduled to close on Sunday, August 21, or when the number of applicants who completed payment reaches our capacity, whichever comes first.

  • Anyone, regardless of religion, age, or academic background, can register for the course.
  • Registration Fee: $150 USD
  • Your Weekly Commitment: Online group meetup (70 min.) + self-paced learning (video & reading material 60-90 min.) + practice exercise (5 min. per day)
  • Once the class is full(100 seats), a waitlist will be turned on.
  • If you cancel on or before August 31, 2022, you will receive a full refund of your registration fee.


Do you have any question on this course? Feel free to contact us!