Jungto Dharma School
- Introduction to Buddhism I (English) -

Learn the original teachings of the Buddha under the guidance of Ven. Pomnyun Sunim (법륜스님).

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 (법륜스님)
Founder & Guiding Dharma Teacher, Jungto Society

Course Features

Self-Paced Learning

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

Weekly Online Meeting

Meet with your group members and facilitators online for 70 minutes. Each group will consist of 5-8 students and 2 facilitators.

Daily Practice Exercise

Each week, you'll receive a task to apply wisdom in your daily life. Spend 5 minutes reflecting on a given topic and share your thoughts with group members on the Jungto Online Education Platform.

Course Description

Understand the Buddha’s Core Teachings

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


Weekly Group Meeting

Every Thursday for 70 minutes

The registration for Jungto Dharma School is now closed. Please stay tuned for the next registration period scheduled to open in June 2024. In the meantime, you are welcome to join our Live Dharma Talk with Ven. Pomnyun Sunim(법륜스님)

Also, please subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive notifications for when the next registration opens, updates, and Sunim’s messages.

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, a waitlist will be turned on.
  • If you are interested in financial assistance, please email us at financialaid@jungtosociety.org
Every Thursday for 20 weeks
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