This course examines the life of the Buddha through the lens of Pure Land Buddhism tradition. Each school interprets this story a bit differently. In the 6th Century BCE, Prince Siddhartha Gotama is born into the warrior caste. In his twenties he leaves home to begin the journey of a seeker. At 35 he achieves enlightenment and becomes Shakyamuni Buddha. In his newly awakened state, he begins to teach to a small group of followers. His teachings begin with the Four Noble Truths and the Eighthfold Noble Path. The course introduces the foundational Three Treasures, recognized by all Buddhist schools.

Your Instructor

Rev. Jon Turner


Lead Minister for Everyday Buddhist. Resident Minister at Orange County Buddhist Church. High School athlete, UCLA mathematician, and computer programmer, who found Buddhism mid-career and changed the course of his life. Earned a Master’s degree from the Institute of Buddhist Studies and was ordained as a full-time Shin Buddhist Minister at the Nishi Hongwangi in Kyoto, Japan.