Tuesdays: A Year Of Deepening In Compassion: Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhicitta

September 17th—November 19th

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    Each week at 6:45 pm we either listen to a talk by an Acharya, or have a discussion on the previous week's topic.

    This course is the third of a four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. Drop in to any class. You don't need to have been to previous parts of the series. 

    Here is the schedule of talks/discussions:

    September 17 - Going Beyond Concept: Prajna and Absolute Bodhicitta with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
    September 24 - Discussion with Ken Ketchum

    October 1 - The Heart Sutra: Twenty-five Lines On How to Practice Prajña Paramita with Acharya David Schneider
    October 8 -  Discussion with Patti Morgan

    October 15 - Wisdom and the Great Mother: Mahayana Feminine Principle with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
    October 22 -  Discussion with Ryan Harvey

    October 29 - Glimpses of Sunyata with Acharya Melissa Moore
    November 5 - Discussion with Shastri Donna Williams

    November 12 - Prajna & Compassion: From Empathy to Compassion with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown 
    November 19 - Discussion with Beth Latchis

    The path of the Bodhisattva Warrior begins with developing affection for ourselves and expands this to others, dissolving the barriers that divide us. To support this practice, the Shambhala Acharyas have offered to lead the community in a year-long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings of our lineage.

    This course is the third of a four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings.

    The power of the Mahayana comes from its clarity regarding the true nature of reality. This clarity is described as penetrating insight (prajna) that sees that the world is actually different from what we habitually think it is. Instead of assuming that beings, objects and systems are solid, truly existing independently, the bodhisattva sees that everything is empty of concepts and reference points (shunyata). Everything depends upon everything else, and phenomena arise interdependently (pratityasamutpada). This pivotal insight changes everything, bringing tremendous joy and freedom to the path. This is absolute bodhicitta, the fertile basis of the compassion of the bodhisattva.