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Teacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo

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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 Sunday 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.

The dates of the teachings are:
  • 25th March
  • 15th April
  • 20th May
  • 17th June
  • 15th July
  • No teachings in August
  • 16th September
  • 14th October
  • 18th November
  • 16th December

Course donations

From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee. 

In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. 

Please read Lama Zangmo's letter for further information.