Courses at the Institute of Buddhist Studies

- through Fabrice Groult

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Since 1996, the Institute of Buddhist Studies has had the vocation of making the reality of Buddhism accessible and understandable, in Asia and in the West, from its origins to the present day.

By offering a non-sectarian approach to Buddhism, the IEB occupies a unique place in the contemporary intellectual and spiritual landscape. The teaching team, made up of both university-level researchers and experienced practitioners of the different Buddhist paths, thus opens up a free space for reflection located halfway between the university and the Buddhist centers of study and practice.

The IEB offers courses to be taken on its premises in Paris in the presence of the teacher, or remotely via a delayed video recording (accessible to all registered participants).

At the start of 2020, the Institute of Buddhist Studies is launching new cycles of courses on various and varied themes, here is the list with the dates of the first courses:

"Poetry and awakening" (from February 15, 2020), this cycle of courses shows why to transmit high teachings which allow to reach the awakening, the Masters of all the traditions have recourse to particular forms of expression, in particular poetry.

« The vinaya and the role of the master” (from February 15, 2020), this course cycle will address the question of respecting the rules of conduct in exceptional contexts, in particular the conflicts that may arise between monastic or secular rules of the canon and obedience to a master. At a time when the installation of Dharma in the West is causing questions about the duties of masters and disciplines towards each other, it is time to discover what the texts say.

“Reading of the Diamond Sūtra” workshop (from April 20, 2020). A cycle of 11 sessions dedicated to an in-depth reading of the “Diamond Sūtra”, from its Chinese versions. This reading will allow the learning of fundamental notions as well as Chinese Buddhist vocabulary and the corresponding characters.
To participate in this Workshop, knowledge of the Chinese language is not required.

“Mandala: diversities, symbolisms, practices” (from March 14, 2020). One of the most famous images of Buddhism is that of the mandala. But, beyond the famous ritual paintings in concentric circles, it is also about architectures (Samyé, Borobudur…), three-dimensional sculptures in wood or metal, internal layout of temples (Tabo…) , ritual dances (Cham-Tsechu), ritual shields, ephemeral drawings (the famous sand mandalas), etc. These representations, links between the cosmos and our world, between the universe and the human being, are very familiar to us but often little known. The objective of this lesson is to familiarize yourself with this complex subject.

To access the integrity of the 2019-2020 training catalog:

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Fabrice Groult

Fabrice Groult is an adventurer, photographer and Buddhist who has traveled the world since a young age. After studying Buddhism in India, he embarked on an eighteen-month journey through Asia that took him to the Himalayas, where he discovered his passion for photography. Since then, he has traveled the world capturing images of Buddhist beauty and wisdom. He was a guide for ten years, and is now a journalist with Buddhist News.

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