Shantideva’s “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life”, 3rd chapter
COURSE DURATION: November 27, 28 and 29th, 19:00 – 21:00 (the evenings build on each other)
CATEGORY: Buddhist Study
Shantideva’s text “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” (Bodhicaryāvatāra) holds a unique place in Mahayana Buddhism. It combines the rare qualities of scholastic precision, spiritual depth and poetical beauty. It was composed in India during the 8th century and has since been an inspiration to millions of people throughout the world. Despite of its profound message, the text astonishes with its simplicity and relevance – one can apply the advice in everyday life immediately.
In his masterwork Shantideva presents practical advice and methods to develop and cultivate the Spirit of Awakening (Bodhicitta) and inspires us to cultivate the perfections of the Bodhisattva: generosity, ethics, patience, zeal, meditative concentration, and wisdom.
In this 3-evening course Geshe Sherab will guide us through the third chapter of Shantideva’s text “Adopting the Spirit of Awakening”. He will help us to understand what it means to live with a good heart and altruistic motivation, as from the Mahayana perspective, it is the only way to achieve happiness and ultimately enlightenment.
In Shantideva’s own words, the Spirit of Awakening
(…) is the supreme medicine that alleviates the illness of the world. It is the tree of rest for beings exhausted from wandering on the pathways of mundane existence.
Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in a small village in the the western part of Nepal. He entered Kopan Monastery at the age of nine and completed his Geshe studies at the famous Sera Je monastery in South India, followed by a year at Gyumed Tantric College. Read more
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT
We would like to make sure we have a seat for you. The registration is free of charge.
Duration: The course will continue on three consecutive evenings, which will build on each other, however if you cannot participate on all three evenings, you are still welcome to join for an evening or two.
Cost: You would make us very happy by making a small donation. If you have no clue how much to donate, we suggest 20 CHF per evening.