A New Way of Seeing the World- Discovering Buddhist Wisdom Organized by One Rigpa - presented on Rigpa Online Courses

A New Way of Seeing the World- Discovering Buddhist Wisdom

Weekly ONLINE interactive course over 10 weeks with Dominique Side
Available on Rigpa’s Online Courses platform from 5 September until 8 November 2024

Registration for this course is open

The course will be given in French and in English.
Translations into German will be offered provided there is a sufficient number of registrations.

All course materials and the zoom link will be made available on Rigpa Online Courses a week before the course starts.

For any inquiries about the course please use the "Contact us" button on the left or write to


The wisdom of the Buddha reveals a new way of seeing the world and ourselves in it. Buddhist teachings offer reflections that challenge our usual ways of thinking and invite us to question our values and assumptions. 

This interactive course is an exploration of the key points of Buddhist thought. We will examine these perspectives closely to see the similarities and differences between Buddhist views and contemporary ideas. We will be invited to revisit our own views and clarify for ourselves what our outlook on life actually is. This process leads to far greater confidence in the way we see things.


This is a special, stimulating course, open to everyone, whether you're a beginner or an experienced Buddhist. 
For Rigpa students, this course is an optional module of the 'Foundations of the Path', designed for those who wish to deepen their study at the heart of the 'Buddha, Dharma and Sangha'. 


The weekly 75 min live online sessions include talks, discussions, Q&A and guided reflections. This is supported by:
- videos and written materials on the Rigpa Online Courses platform to prepare the live session
- materials used during the live session
- an online discussion forum, and
- recorded audio contemplations.

Most of the course reading will be taken from "Discovering Buddhism” by Dominique Side. We recommend purchasing this book in order to follow the course. All other above mentioned resources will be available online.

A replay of each session will be available for one week so anyone from any time zone can follow or catch up if a session is missed.


Week 1             What is wisdom?
Week 2             Mindfulness: the support of wisdom
Week 3             How things appear and how things are
Week 4             The Four Noble Truths
Week 5             Who am I ? Body and mind
Optional study: Deepening ‘Who we are?’  on Sunday 13th October 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 (in all languages)
Week 6          The afflictions: how do they function and how can we eliminate them?    
Week 7          Karma: what it is, how it works, can a Buddhist do without it?
Week 8          The Wheel of Life
Week 9          What does enlightenment mean?
Week 10        The journey: Stages on the Buddhist path 


FRENCH language:   every week on Thursday, 19:00 - 20:15 (Paris time) on
- September 5, 12, 19, 26
- October 3, 10, 17, 24 (with optional study on Sunday 13th October 10:00-12:30)
- November 7

ENGLISH, and GERMAN: every week on Friday 19:00 - 20:15 (Paris time) on
- September 6, 13, 20, 27
- October 4, 11, 18, 25 (with optional study on Sunday 13th October 10:00-12:30)
- November 8


The course is presented on Rigpa’s Online Courses platform with registration via Prajna.

Upon registration the course will be added to your personal library on Prajna as well as to your account on Rigpa Online Courses. In order to access the course on Rigpa Online Courses you need to use your login for that platform. Note that this login is different from your Prajna login.

If you don't have an account on Rigpa Online Courses yet, we will set one up for you during registration and send you an email with login name and a temporary password which you can change later.

For any inquiries about the course on the Rigpa Online Courses platform please write to

Prajna is a non-profit organisation and your donation/contribution will help to cover the costs of the course: 
- Suggested contribution/donation:  160 €
- If you want to give more:  300 €
- If you have less means:  80 €