Bodhicitta is a driving force behind much of Buddhist philosophical study, contemplation, and practice. Bodhicitta is defined as the spontaneous wish to attain enlightenment motivated by great compassion for all sentient beings, accompanied by a falling away of the attachment to the illusion of an inherently existing self. As Buddhists, we benefit from not just developing the wish to attain enlightenment but also from cultivating this spirit of awakening through our daily thoughts, speech, and actions.
One of the foremost teachers of bodhicitta was Shantideva - an Indian scholar who taught the great text "The Way of the Bodhisattva" to fellow monks at Nalanda University in the 8th Century. Since that first teaching 1,300 years ago, this text has continuously been considered one of the primary reference texts on bodhicitta.
"When, with irreversible intent, the mind embraces bodhicitta, willing to set free the endless multitudes of beings, in that instant, from that moment on, a great and unremitting stream a strength of wholesome merit, even during sleep and inattention, rises equal to the vastness of the sky." - Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva, Chapter 1
Join Kushok for this 7 week course exploring Chapter 3 of "The Way of the Bodhisattva" which describes how to grab hold of and fully adopt the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Anyone with an interest in Buddhism is welcome to attend this course. No prior knowledge of Buddhist teachings required.
What To bring:
- Shawl to keep warm
- Note: Meditation cushions and chairs are provided