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Outline of the Syllabus

Chapter Topics
1
Define: Evil, Good and Pure
  The 5 Aggregates and their relationship to the 3 Universal Characteristics
2
Life of the Buddha: Before birth to enlightenment
  Brahma Sahampatti
  Some early utterances of the Buddha
3
First Sermon of the Buddha
  Outline of the Four Noble Truths
  The Noble Eightfold Path
4
The Noble Eightfold Path
(1) Right Understanding
(a) The Four Noble Truths
(b) Ten Kinds of Immorality
(c) Ten Kinds of Metritorious Deeds
(d) The Three Universal Characteristics
(e) The Ten Fetters
(f) The Noble Ones
(g) Dependent Origination
(2) Right Thought
(3) Right Speech
(4) Right Action
(5) Right Livelihood
(6) Right Effort
(7) Right Mindfulness
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
(Mahasatipatthana Sutta)
(8) Right Concentration
Jhanas & The 5 Hindrances
Form (Rupa) & Formless (Arupa) Jhanas
  The Noble Eightfold Path
5
Brahma Vihara - The 4 Sublime States
Explanation of the Discourse on Loving Kindness (Metta Sutta)
Eleven Blessings of Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation
Equanimity on eight worldly conditions
6
The 31 Realms of Existence
Destruction of the Universe by Fire, Water and Wind
The Four Modes Of Birth
Body affected in 4 ways
7
Kamma and Rebirth
The Five Niyamas - The 5 Cosmic Orders
8 Dependent Origination - Two explanations
9 The Discourse on Layman Codes of Conduct (Sigalovada Sutta)
10 The Lion's Roar on the Turning of the Wheel (Cakkavatti-Sihanada Sutta)
11
Other Related Topics
  Theravada and Mahayana
  Introduction to Vajrayana
  The Buddha - The Seven Weeks After Enlightenment
  The Buddha's Daily Routine
  Buddha’s Female Disciple - Yasodhara
  Buddha's Ministery (First 20 Years)
  Introduction to The Dhammapada

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