Thursdays, January 7- February 4, 2021, 7:00 PM EST
This is the first of a six-course series on the Mahayana path which builds on the foundation of Hinayana, expanding our concern for our own happiness to include that of others. These teachings introduce us to the possibility of transforming even the most negative emotions into positive states of mind. By working with our emotions and exploring the illusory nature of all phenomena, we can develop a heart of genuine compassion. Mahayana also introduces us to the idea of buddha nature — the understanding that our hearts and minds are, from the beginning, the same as the Buddha’s.
This course (MAH 301) consists of three class discussions of materials drawn primarily from the teachings of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, one class of analytical meditation practice, and a final “dharma exchange” in which students and facilitators discuss study questions that have been distributed throughout the course. Topics include The Four Immeasurables, bodhicitta and the Bodhisattva Vow. Each class begins with 30 minutes of shamatha practice.
It is recommended that students have had some background in Buddhist studies. In particular, students should have a familiarity with such key Buddhist teachings as karma, rebirth, individual liberation, selflessness, and the Four Noble Truths; and that they have some experience with basic (shamatha) meditation practice.
Nalandabodhi students who have previously taken the Mahayana course series are welcome to join this course free of charge, and are invited to drop in to any of our classes.
Tuition: $45 for Nalandabodhi members, $65 for non-members. Reduced tuition options are also available when you register.
Study materials cost $15 and can be purchased at the Nalanda Store here.