Study Text: The Bodhicharyavatara by Shantideva – The Way of the Bodhisattva
A Description of the Text:
Shantideva presented his very personal approach and experiences of practicing the Bodhisattva path over 13 centuries ago and we are still benefiting from his efforts. Shantideva unflinchingly tells us of his struggles and confusion, his victories and realizations while learning to live the life of a Bodhisattva.
The Dalai Lama, in his commentary entitled For the Benefit of All Beings, states: “Shantideva composed this text in the form of an inner dialogue. He turned his own weapons upon himself, doing battle with his negative emotions. Therefore, when we teach or listen to this text, it is important that we do so in order to progress spiritually, rather than making it simply a subject of academic study.”
It is in that spirit of awakening that we offer this study group.
Can I Come to this Group?
Anyone interested in Buddhism will find this study group valuable. This group is particularly suggested for students who have taken Refuge Vows or are contemplating taking Refuge Vows.
Pema Chodron, in her commentary No Time to Lose, says: “I regard this text as an instruction manual for extending ourselves to others, a guidebook for compassionate action. We can read it to free ourselves from crippling habits and confusion. We can read it to encourage our wisdom and compassion to grow stronger. And we can read it with the motivation to share the benefit with everyone we meet.”
First Session: September 12, 2020 10:00-11:30 am Thereafter: 2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month 10:00-11:30 am
Susan Farrar is a long time student of Lama Yeshe Jinpa. In addition to facilitating this study group, she is also one of the ordained Chaplains at Lion’s Roar. For more information, please contact Susan (Yeshe Zangmo) at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Translations and Commentaries (These Won’t be Referred to in the Group)