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Cornerstones of Awakening:
The Building Blocks of a Bodhisattva’s Heart

Gentle and wise, may I apply myself
to the transcendent qualities of the paramitas,
while never losing site of Awakening Mind.
As for all harmful acts that have resulted in veils,
may they be entirely purified, without exception.
-The Noble King of Prayers (vs. 19, Shamar Rinpoche translation)


It is said in Buddhism that one must balance study and practice in order to advance on the Bodhisattva Path. In this four-session series we will dive deeper into the opportunities for expanding our practice by utilizing the tools offered to us in these main tenets of Buddhist teachings, all core to Shantideva’s teachings: The King of Prayers, aka Seven Branch Prayer; The Six Perfections; and The Four Brahma Viharas.

Each one of these will be activated through the overlay of an engaged Body, Speech and Mind into specific spiritual practices supported by each of these teachings.

Together these teachings cultivate the causes and conditions that lead to fruition of an Awakened Heart, for the betterment of all sentient beings.

There will be at least 40 minutes of interaction between participants each class. You will be encouraged to create and share spiritual practices inspired by the wisdom of these texts throughout the course.

This class will meet online on four Sundays September 6, 20, 27 and October 4. Classes will be held from 10:00 am to noon PDT.

Donation levels: 
The full series: $150/ $175/ $200
Individual sessions: $35/ $50/ $75

Links to materials and resources will be provided.

Recordings of the classes will be made available.



Led by Susan Shannon, M. Div, BCC

Rev. Susan Shannon has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for 45 years, and has studied with many of Tibet’s greatest teachers here and abroad. Since being ordained as an Interfaith Minister and becoming a clinical chaplain, Susan’s ministry has been focused on transformational programs in prison ministry. Her work is rooted in the principals of restorative justice and emotional literacy, fostering interconnectedness and healthy community engagement. Susan has dedicated her life to the study of sacred Buddhist texts, in various languages as well, and especially loves bringing forth the wisdom of Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva to as many people as possible.



September 6
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Online via Zoom