Shantideva's The Way of the Bodhisattva

In these five 2-hour sessions, Susan Shannon introduces us to the tools Shantideva offers in the Buddhist classic The Bodhicharyavatara or The Way of the Bodhisattva. This text is one of the most loved and referenced texts in Buddhism, and in these session you will learn why!

First Session: Introduction and Chapter 1 - "The Excellence of Bodhicitta"

In the first session, Susan provides a history and introduction to the text, and provides an overview of Chapter One: “The Excellence of Bodhicitta”

Second Session: Chapter 3 – “Taking Hold of Bodhicitta”

How do we take hold of Bodhicitta, the Awakened Heart? The focus here will be on making everything we do, say and think be our offerings of altruistic intention for the betterment of all sentient beings. From this perspective, we are always engaged with living our lives through the lens of interconnectedness. This provides a paradigm shift of “Just Us” where we truly resonate with all of life. From this perspective we can truly begin to serve others. Together we will explore how this chapter is particularly appropriate for our lives today.

Third and Fourth Sessions: Chapter 6 – “Patience or Forbearance"

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has stated that this chapter contains all the teachings of Buddhism! This chapter presents the paramita of patience as it extends beyond lifetimes. We learn so many more manifestations of patience through looking with a sharp lens at some of the most challenging situations life produces. Shantideva addresses anger, hatred, suffering, and how to cultivate virtue when those qualities arise. We will explore how to reframe negativity into a positive light and be gracious, even happy, that challenges have arisen, as they give us a chance to skillfully apply the transformational tools the dharma provides, regardless of the outer causes and conditions. In doing so, negativity can come to fruition into an awakened heart, embracing, even deepening our experience of interconnection and healing.

Fifth Session: Chapter 10 – “Dedication”

In this chapter Shantideva shows us what true dedication is, the kind of dedication that magnifies the transformative effects of our positive acts and virtue in order to benefit beings of every level of existence, past, present and future. This is a pivotal chapter. It has the potential of changing the lives of many, many beings. In these days of more and more physical limitations, understanding what true Dedication is from Shantideva’s perspective and applying that to the activities of our body, speech and mind outlines the ultimate path of personal transformation as well as application of activism from a social justice perspective.

Whether you are a seasoned Buddhist practitioner or simply curious, please join us in learning and applying what Shantideva teaches.

Your Instructor

Susan Shannon
Susan Shannon

Rev. Susan Shannon has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for 45 years, and has studied with many of Tibet’s greatest teachers here and abroad. Since being ordained as an Interfaith Minister and becoming a clinical chaplain, Susan’s ministry has been focused on transformational programs in prison ministry. Her work is rooted in the principals of restorative justice and emotional literacy, fostering interconnectedness and healthy community engagement. Susan has dedicated her life to the study of sacred Buddhist texts, in various languages as well, and especially loves bringing forth the wisdom of Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva to as many people as possible.

Courses Included with Purchase

The Way of the Bodhisattva - Session 1
Susan Shannon
The Way of the Bodhisattva - Session 2
June 7, 2020
Susan Shannon
The Way of the Bodhisattva - Session 3
Susan Shannon
The Way of the Bodhisattva - Session 4
July 5, 2020
Susan Shannon
The Way of the Bodhisattva - Session 5
July 19, 2020
Susan Shannon

Original Price: $40

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