Mahayana Study Course
Kindling the Spark of Awakening
Weekly, starting August 25
Mahayana builds on the foundation of Hinayana, expanding our concern for our own happiness to include that of others. These teachings introduce us to the possibility of transforming even the most negative emotions into positive states of mind. By working with our emotions and exploring the illusory nature of all phenomena, we can develop a heart of genuine compassion. Mahayana also introduces us to the idea of buddha nature — the understanding that our hearts and minds are, from the beginning, the same as the Buddha’s.
We are announcing the second course in our Nalanabodhi Mahayana series, Kindling the Spark of Awakening. These Curriculum courses are required for members but are also open to the public. Members of other Sanghas are also welcome. This course will consist of 9 weekly online classes.
Topics include: “The two main avenues to Bodhicitta or Awakened Heart”, “The Sevenfold causes and effects for generating Bodhicitta”,”Traveling from Planet Ego to Universal Altruism” and also covered are Tonglen and the Seven points of Mind training.
The 9 classes will include 3 meditation practicums to help us look at these topics in a more experiential way.
The development of Bodhicitta is the cornerstone of that both the Mahayana and Vajrayana practices rest upon. Bodhicitta is our main motivation for practice and it drives our desire to work for the benefit of self and others. It is the crucial basis for progress on the path.
Facilitators will be Steve Burden and to be determined
When and where: online Zooming on Tuesdays at 7:00 to 8:30 pm MDT for 9 weeks
Starting date August 25
Cost: $50 per person members, $60 for non-members. Contact Steve Burden if there are financial concerns.
Text: Purchase from from the Nalanda bookstore. You can get a binder that has the first of 3 Mahayana courses or just order this one alone.
Course name is MAH 302. Go here to order from the store …
Please contact Steve if you have questions or have financial concerns.
These Zooms classes have been quite successful and fun with lively discussion so please join us!
We hope to see you online!
Contact Steve w/questions at firstname.lastname@example.org