Bodhisattvas’ Way of Life
The Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra or Bodhicaryāvatāra, sometimes translated into English as A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, is a famous Mahāyāna Buddhist text written c. 700 AD in Sanskrit verse by Shantideva (Śāntideva), a Buddhist monk at Nālandā Monastic University in India.
It has ten chapters dedicated to the development of bodhicitta (the mind of enlightenment) through the practice of the six perfections (Skt. Pāramitās). The text begins with a chapter describing the benefits of the wish to reach enlightenment. The sixth chapter on the Pāramitā of patience (Skt. Kṣānti, kshanti) is considered by many Buddhists to be the pinnacle of writing on this subject and is the source of numerous quotations attributed to Śāntideva. Tibetan scholars consider the ninth “Wisdom” chapter to be one of the most succinct expositions of the Madhyamaka view. The tenth chapter is used as one of the most popular Mahāyāna prayers. Wilson will provide commentary on this well-known text as well as use guided meditations during the class times.
(Note: Wilson will not complete the text during this teaching, but he will continue this teaching in 2019 when he returns to DNKL)
About Wilson Hurley:
A long time friend of DNKL, Wilson Hurley, serves as Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Center's (MSTC-WDC) lay teacher, when Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche is not teaching at MSTC. He began his studies of Tibetan Buddhism with Lama Thubetn Yeshe in 1978 and then with Sermey Khensur Rinpoche in 1979 and was instructed to begin teaching by Sermey Khensur Rinpoche in the early 1990’s. He has received Buddhist teachings from many Buddhist scholars, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Wilson also serves the community as a therapist and has given meditation instructions, workshops and talks to community and church groups, including the Washington School of Psychiatry and a local public school system.
On February 17th the class will run from 10:00 - 3:00 with Lunch and on February 18th the class will run from 10:00am to 11:30 followed by a potluck lunch
Meeting Number:195 323 606
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