Jungto Dharma School
- Introduction to Buddhism I -

Course Start Date
April 4, 2023
Bring 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 32-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 Sunim

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

Buddha statue near pond
From Original (Pre-Sectarian) Buddhism to Modern Buddhism
  • 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 will encourage them to apply the Buddha’s wisdom to their daily lives.

Course Overview

PeriodLesson Title
Week 1Orientation
Week 2What Is Buddhism? - Buddhism as a Practice
Week 3What Is Buddhism? - Teachings on Enlightenment
Week 4The Goal of Buddhism: Nirvana and Liberation
Week 5Seminar I - What Is Sharing?
Week 6The Four Noble Truths and the Law of Causality
Week 7The Middle Way and the Eightfold Path
Week 8The Law of Dependent Origination and the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination
Week 9Seminar II - The Buddhist Perspective on the Environment and the Formal Monastic Meal
Live Q & A with Ven. Pomnyun Sunim
Week 10The Three Jewels (The Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha)
Week 11The Threefold Refuge and the Six Principles of Harmony
Week 12No Everlasting Abiding Dharma and the Five Precepts
Week 13The Meaning of the Five Precepts in Modern Society
Week 14Seminar III - Peace and Harmony
Week 15Chamhoe (Repentance) and the Real Meaning of Prayer
Week 16Current Social Problems and the Tasks of Buddhism
Week 17A Life of Happiness and Freedom I
Week 18A Life of Happiness and Freedom II
Week 19Seminar IV - Vision of Jungto Society
Live Q & A with Ven. Pomnyun Sunim
Week 20Completion Ceremony


Weekly Group Meeting

Every Tuesday for 70 minutes

April 4, 2023 - August 15, 2023

Registration for the session starting on April 4, 2023 is closed now. 

We will post pre-registration form for September, 2023 on our website soon. Stay tuned!!

Thank you,
Jungto Society

Contact us: dharmaschool@jungtosociety.org

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

* Refund Policy: If you cancel on or before March 27, 2023, you will receive a full refund of your registration fee.

  • 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.
Every Tuesday for 20 weeks
Evening classes: 5 time zones (PT,ET, KST, AET, CET). 
Morning classes: Pacific and Eastern time zones in North America


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

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