Nalandabodhi Europe Online Path of Study – Introduction to Buddhism

Sat., March 20, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Akasha Online

“Buddhism is a science of mind“ – Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Nalandabodhi Europe is happy to announce its first 2-year online study path on Zoom.   The first series is Introduction to Buddhism.

Class dates:  March 20 / April 3 / April 17 / May 1 / May 15 / May 29 / June 12

Class time:  10:00 am to 1:00 pm CEST

Facilitated by senior Nalandabodhi students, the course will be held in English and will be simultaneous translated into German. We have Dutch text summaries and Dutch discussion fora to support Dutch participants.  It will first explore the foundation of Buddhism with a 7-part introductory series.  The course will then delve into the philosophies and practices of the Hinayana and Mahayana traditions.

The Introduction to Buddhism Path of Study is a modular program starting with exploring the foundation of Buddhism in 7 online sessions.  The topics are:

Intro-101:  The Life of the Buddha and the Spiritual Journey
Intro-102:  Traveling from Confusion to Original Sanity
Intro-103:  Karma, Rebirth and Selfnessness


Questions that will be discussed during this Path of Study are:

  • What is Buddhism about?
  • How does it help me in daily life?
  • Do Buddhist beliefs differ or are there basic notions all Buddhists agree on?
  • Is karma simply fate?
  • Is emptiness the same as nihilism?
  • Why would one strive to be a kind person, if the self of a person is said to not exist at all?

According to Ponlop Rinpoche, “The path begins with questions- not with answers” – and you may have a lot of them!  So please join us.

The Introduction Course is free but you will need to purchase the publication following along the course.


The binder with all 4 course texts covering the Intro to Buddhism curriculum includes color text covers and all course inserts: 40 € + Porto.  (The binder with the first unit INT 101 is  16€ + Porto  and each other unit is  8 € + Porto.)

Please note that you will need to order the study material in advance.  You will get the choice to order the texts in English or in German.  Please order the material latest the 13th of March by ordering through:




For ordering study materials in the Netherlands, please contact Martine Lans  (

The material can also be ordered from Nalandastore in Seattle (due to import tax this is only recommended if you live in USA):

(eReader Version:  It is also possible to buy an eReader version of the material, which cost $52. Note it does not work on mobile devices – it only works on desktop and notebook computers only. For this option please contact us at


We will continue with the course in August 2021 with a closer look at the Hinayana path and finally in 2022 we will explore the Mahayana path in more depth.

Course Fees:
Introductory courses – no fee, requested study material 40 Euro.
Hinayana courses:  40 Euro and requested study material.
Mahayana courses: 60 Euro and requested study material.

A lack of funds is not an obstacle to participation. Contact us for information on financial assistance on

Teachers’ gifts are welcome and can be made to: Please mark the payment “Study Path Europe”


Kristina Bischoff has been a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche since 1999. She is a trained Practice Instructor in the Nalandabodhi tradition, teaches singing Songs of Realizations as well as online meditation courses for beginners and has been facilitating the Nalandabodhi study courses for almost a decade. Kristina is also a professional singer, choir director and radio journalist who lives in Hamburg, Germany.

Christian Scott has been a student of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche for over ten years and has also been studying at Nitartha Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies for nine years.  From birth Christian has been around Khenpo Rinpoche and the western student group and has been travelling around the world doing meditation retreats and study intensives. He only stays in one place for a few months at a time and is currently in Denmark with his family.


Date/Time Date(s) - Sat., March 20, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location Akasha Online

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