Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo
- 14 Apr 2018 - 14 Apr 2018 (10:00am - 4:00pm)
- 19 May 2018 - 19 May 2018 (10:00am - 4:00pm)
- 16 Jun 2018 - 16 Jun 2018 (10:00am - 4:00pm)
- 14 Jul 2018 - 14 Jul 2018 (10:00am - 4:00pm)
- 15 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018 (10:00am - 4:00pm)
- 20 Oct 2018 - 20 Oct 2018 (10:00am - 4:00pm)
- 17 Nov 2018 - 17 Nov 2018 (10:00am - 4:00pm)
- 15 Dec 2018 - 15 Dec 2018 (10:00am - 4:00pm)
WhoTeacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo
The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a Mahayana text composed by the great Indian scholar Shantideva. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of limitless love, compassion and wisdom.
This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse. Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditation and wisdom. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.
The course will be held one Saturday every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.
Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "The Way of the Bodhisattva" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.
It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.
Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.
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