How to Truly be of Service: The Practice of the Six Transcendent Actions (Paramitas)-ONLINE CLASS

with Chris Montone

March 23rd—April 27th

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  • $150 Patron
  • $120 Sustaining
  • $100 Subsidized
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Room: Zoom Online
Program Registration is Closed.

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It is natural and human to want to help others and be of benefit to the world we live in. However, how can we be sure we’re actually helping and not just causing more of a mess? The Mahayana Buddhist teachings say that one must first awaken the mind/heart of enlightenment (Skt. bodhicitta); that is the mind that thinks of others and the heart that yearns to free them from suffering. Having aroused such a mind and heart, the Buddha taught in the Prajnaparamita Sutra, one embarks on the egoless and heroic journey of practicing the paramitas (“transcendent perfections"): Generosity, Patience, Ethics/Discipline, Diligence, Meditative Concentration, and Prajna (Wisdom)

In this six week course, through readings, contemplations, and discussions, we will explore together the phenomenon of bodhicitta and the selfless path of the paramitas. To do so, we will draw from a variety of sources, both classical and modern, such as The Six Perfections (Geshe Sonam Rinchen), The Way of the Bodhisattva (Shantideva), The Jewel Ornament of Liberation (Gampopa), Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and Meditation in Action (Chögyam Trungpa).

Required text recommended for the class (available from the Center’s bookstore): 

  • The Six Perfections by Geshe Sonam Rinchen

Recommended texts:

  • The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa
  • Meditation in Action by Chogyam Trungpa
  • The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva

Course outline:

Class 1: Bodhicitta: Awakened Compassion

Class 2: Generosity

Class 3: Patience

Class 4: Diligence

Class 5: Exertion

Class 6: Meditative Concentration & Wisdom (Prajna)

Pre-requisites:  This class is open to all, though some meditation experience and an understanding of the foundational teachings of Buddhism (e.g,. the 4 Noble Truths, the 3 Marks of Existence, the 10 Virtuous and Non-virtuous Actions) will be helpful. 

Registration is now CLOSED.

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