introductory course on Buddhism and meditation Lafayette Bodhi Monastery, located in Lafayette, will be conducting a six-week "Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation," running from 9:30-11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Oct. 22. The course is designed for people who are relatively unfamiliar with Buddhism and who wish to know more about the religion. Some of the topics to be covered include Buddha's life, the history and development of Buddhism, and Buddhist doctrines. Students will have the opportunity to learn basic meditation and how to apply Buddhist ethics and practice to daily life. One class will be reserved to learn about Buddhist customs and rituals, to participate in a Chinese chanting liturgy, and to be guests for a vegetarian lunch. The classes will be taught by both monks and lay people. There is no fee for this course, but donations are appreciated. It is recommended to apply soon, since class size is limited. Application deadline is Sept. 5. For program information and an application, email email@example.com or call 973-940-0473.