Mahayana: Compassion Without Limit

 Mahayana: Compassion Without Limit

Mahayana: Compassion Without Limit

Oct 15, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In the Mahayana teachings, we look at the possibility of limitless compassion and bodhichitta, the boundless intention to help all sentient beings. This motivation and its application are based on the crucial Mahayana notion that all sentient beings possess buddha nature, the potential to become a perfect buddha.

The studies of personal selflessness in the Hinayana are the jumping-off point for widening our vision to embrace the profound Mahayana selflessness of the “great emptiness” of all phenomena as well as the vast training and fruition of the path of a buddha-to-be.

This course is an updated and greatly revised version of the Nalandabodhi Mahayana Series with many new materials based on talks by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, especially in the areas of mind training, Madhyamaka, Mind-Only, Yogacara, Shentong, and Buddha Nature. Thus, all Nalandabodhi students who have already studied the previous Mahayana Series are greatly encouraged to join the new classes of this series.

Course schedule

Mahayana 301 – The Heart of Daring, Sept 17 to Oct 8, 2018
Mahayana 302: Kindling the Spark of Awakening, Oct 15 to Dec 10, 2018
Mahayana 303: Not Even a Middle, Dec 17, 2018, Jan 7 to March 4, 2019
Mahayana 304: Yogacara, Mind Only, and Shentong, March 11 – April 22, 2019
Mahayana 305 – Discovering Our Buddha Heart, April 9 – June 10, 2019
Mahayana 306 – Paramitas, Paths, and Bhumis, June 24 – July 22, 2019

Information

Prerequisite: Introduction to Buddhism
The text for the course is available in the Nalanda bookstore.

Fees for each course
$65 for general public
$40 for Nalandabodhi members
$20 for students repeating the course
Scholarships available

Contact: Stuart Horn stuarthor@gmail.com

Register online or at first day of class.

Detailed schedule

Mahayana 301 – The Heart of Daring

Sept 17 to Oct 8, 2018
Sept 17 – 1. Foundations of the Mahayana
Sept 24 – 2. Practicum: The Four Immeasurables
Oct 1 – 3. Bodhichitta, the Heart of Awakening
Oct 8 – 4. How to Become a Child of the Buddhas

Mahayana 302: Kindling the Spark of Awakening

Oct 15 to Dec 10, 2018
Oct 15 – 1. The Two Main Avenues to Bodhicitta
Oct 22 – 2. Practicum: The Sevenfold Cause-and-Effect Instruction on Generating Bodhicitta
Oct 29 – 3. Traveling from Planet Ego to the Universe of Altruism: The Eight Verses on Mind Training
Nov 5 – 4. The Seven Points of Mind Training (1): Preliminaries and Training in Ultimate Bodhicitta
Nov 12 – 5. Practicum: Connecting with Ultimate Bodhicitta
Nov 19 – 6.The Seven Points of Mind Training (2): The Main Practice, which is Training in Bodhicitta
Nov 26 – 7. Practicum: The Meditation of Sending and Taking (Tonglen)
Dec 3 – 8. The Seven Points of Mind Training (3): Taking Adverse Conditions onto the Path and Completing the Training in Life and Death
Dec 10 – 9. The Seven Points of Mind Training(4): Evaluating, Disciplines and Guidelines

Mahayana 303: Not Even a Middle

Dec 17, 2018 to March 4, 2019
Dec 17 – 1. Wisdom and the Middle Way
No classes Dec 24, 31
Jan 7– 2. The Ground of Madhyamaka
Jan 14 – 3. Prajna and the Two Realities
Jan 21 – 4. Distinguishing Svatantrika and Prasangika
Jan 28 – 5. The Progressive Stages of Letting Go
Feb 4 – 6. No Self, No Self, No Radio
Feb 11 – 7. The Five Great Madhyamaka Reasonings
Feb 18 – 8. Practicum: The Vajra Slivers Reasoning
Feb 25 – 9.The Fourfold Mindfulness About What is Unreal
March 4 – 10. The Benefits and Results of Realizing Emptiness

Mahayana 304: Yogacara, Mind Only, and Shentong

March 11 – April 22, 2019
March 11 – 1. The Three Natures and the Yogacara Middle Way
March 18 – 2. Mind’s Endless Projections and How they End
March 25 – 3. Practicum: The Four Yogic Practices
April 1 – 4. Yogachara Wisdom and the “Mind-Only” School
April 8 – 5. Yogacara and Madhyamaka Debates and the Shentong Middle Way
April 15 – 6. From “Mind-Only” to Shentong and Beyond
April 22 – 7. Practicum: Resting in Mind’s Natural Luminosity

Mahayana 305 – Discovering Our Buddha Heart
April 29 to June 10, 2019
April 29 – 1. Buddha Nature and the Three Vajra Jewels
May 6 – 2. The Many Facets of the Single Buddha Heart
May 13 – 3. The Fourth Vajra Point: All You Need to Know About Tathagatagarbha
May 20 – 4. Buddha Heart, Mahamudra Mind
No class May 27 Memorial Day
June 3 – 5. All Pervasive Changeless Luminosity
June 10 – 6. The Buddha Emerging from the Lotus

Mahayana 306 – Paramitas, Paths, and Bhumis
June 24 to July 22, 2019
June 24 – 1. The Ten Paramitas
July 1 – 2. The Five Paths
July 8 – 3. The Ten Grounds of Awakening
July 15 – 4. Mind’s Dimensions of Awakening
July 22 – 5. Transcending Delusion, Unfolding Wisdom

Presented by Nalandabodhi Seattle

Bookings

Ticket Type Price Spaces
Mahayana course
General public
$65.00
Mahayana course
Nalandabodhi members
$40.00
Mahayana course
Students repeating the course
$20.00
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