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Eight Great Disciples of the Buddha

Find the disciple that you can model within your own life.

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In the Buddhist tradition, we have the teacher (the Buddha), the teachings (the Dharma) and the students (the Sangha). These are called the three jewels. It is the first two that are usually emphasized whenever Buddhism is presented in any formal setting. But it is the actual students, the Sangha, where the tradition is actually lived. What begins with faith ends with insight. This course will illustrate this transformation by examining eight great historical disciples of the actual Buddha.


Your Instructor


Rev. Jon Turner
Rev. Jon Turner

Instructor Rev. Jon Turner and his family first began attending Orange County Buddhist Church (OCBC) in 1999. Two years later he joined the Ministers’ Assistant Program (MAP) there. In 2010, Reverend Turner graduated from Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) in Berkeley, California, with a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies, and received Tokudo ordination. In 2012, he was ordained as a Kyoshi minister. After retiring from a 35 year career as a computer programmer, Reverend Turner became a fully ordained Kaikyoshi minister at OCBC in 2017.

"Throughout that time, I studied and practiced Buddhism very diligently. I have also stepped in every pothole, making every mistake one can make in understanding Buddhism. As a result, I think these experiences help me become a better teacher.”


Course Curriculum


  Getting Started
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  1. Sariputra
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  2. Maudgalyayana
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  3. Khema
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  4. Uppalavanna
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  5. Ananda
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  6. Angulimala
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  7. Mahapajapati
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  8. Kisagotami
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  Quiz
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  Student Survey (Not available on Teachable iPhone app)
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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