The Heart-Mind of Awakening: Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara – Part II
Eight Tuesday evenings, January 31-March 21, 2017, 7:00-9:00pm
“If I have any understanding of compassion and the bodhisattva path, it all comes from studying this text.”
HH the Dalai Lama
The Way of the Boddhisattva (Bodhichayavatara) is one of the great texts of Mahayana Buddhism – a sublime teaching that was spontaneously expounded in the eighth century by Shantideva, then a resident monk at Nalanda University.
This classic text is an active meditation on the Bodhisattva’s Path, the path of those who have understood that full awakening can never be separate from the awakening of all sentient beings. This text is a practical guide for the development of bodhicitta, which can be translated as the “heart-mind of awakening.”
Shantideva guides us, with great detail and precision, through the practice of the six Perfections, progressively unfolding the wings of relative compassion and awakened wisdom. Compassion and wisdom are inseparable, so much so that it is said that compassion is the heart of awakened wisdom. This indivisibility challenges the limitations of our dualistic mind, setting us on a paradoxical and inevitably experiential path, as we progressively join more and more intimately the path of relative bodhicitta (first 5 perfections) and absolute bodhicitta (the 6th perfection of wisdom).
The practice of the Path of the Bodhisattva is a perfect foundation and support for those engaged in Vajrayana practices, as well as all those interested in deepening their understanding of the Buddhist path.
This class is a continuation of the prior series, and will meet for eight weeks, each week contemplating a section of the text. The classes will include presentation, meditation, experiential inquiry, and discussions. Through this practice, we will learn to cultivate the heart-mind of awakening and actualize its emergence in our daily lives. This class is Part Two of a series.
Prerequisites: This class is for those who are familiar with Tibetan Buddhist (Vajrayana) teachings and terminology. Please email if you would like to join but did not attend Part I of the series.
Location: Sukhasiddhi Center, Fairfax CA.
Attending Online: This class may be attended via live video stream. If you would like to join online, please register for the class and we will send you instructions for how to connect.
Members: Teacher Dana Only; this is a required class for the Shangpa and Bodhi program
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