Mahayana: Compassion Without Limit

 Mahayana: Compassion Without Limit

Mahayana: Compassion Without Limit

Nov 04, 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 Nov 5, 2018
Mahayana 303: Not Even a Middle, Nov 12, 2018 to Jan 28, 2019
Mahayana 304: Yogacara, Mind Only, and Shentong, Feb 4 – March 18, 2019
Mahayana 305 – Discovering Our Buddha Heart, March 28 to April 29, 2019
Mahayana 306 – Paramitas, Paths, and Bhumis, May 6 to June 10, 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 Nov 5, 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 Edo to the Universe of Altruism: The Eight Verses on Mind Training
Nov 5 – 4. The Seven Points of Mind Training (1): Preliminaries

Mahayana 303: Not Even a Middle

Nov 12, 2018 to Jan 28, 2019
Nov 12 – 1. Wisdom and the Middle Way
Nov 19 – 2. The Ground of Madhyamaka
Nov 26 – 3. Prajna and the Two Realities
Dec 3 – 4. Distinguishing Svatantrika and Prasangika
Dec 10 – 5.The Progressive Stages of Letting Go
Dec 17 – 6. No Self, No Self, No Radio
No classes Dec 24, 31
Jan 7- 7.The Five Great Madhyamaka Reasonings
Jan 14 – 8. Practicum: The Vajra Slivers Reasoning
Jan 21 – 9.The Fourfold Mindfulness About What is Unreal
Jan 28 – 10. The Benefits and Results of Realizing Emptiness

Mahayana 304: Yogacara, Mind Only, and Shentong

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

Mahayana 305 – Discovering Our Buddha Heart

March 28 to April 29, 2019
March 28 – 1. Buddha Nature and the Three Vajra Jewels
April 1 – 2. The Many Facets of the Single Buddha Heart
April 8- 3. The Fourth Vajra Point: All You Need to Know About Tathagatagarbha
April 15 – 4. Buddha Heart, Mahamudra Mind
April 22 – 5. All Pervasive Changeless Luminosity
April 29 – 6. The Buddha Emerging from the Lotus

Mahayana 306 – Paramitas, Paths, and Bhumis

May 6 to June 10, 2019
May 6 – 1. The Ten Paramitas
May 13 – 2. The Five Paths
May 20 – 3. The Ten Grounds of Awakening
No class May 27 Memorial Day
June 3 – 4. Mind’s Dimensions of Awakening
June 10 – 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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