Mahayana 305: Discovering Our Buddha Heart

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

New Mahayana

In the Mahayana teachings, we look at the possibility of limitless compassion and bodhichitta, the boundless intention to help all sentient beings. This motivation and its application are based on the crucial Mahayana notion that all sentient beings possess buddha nature, the potential to become a perfect buddha.

The studies of personal selflessness in the Hinayana are the jumping-off point for widening our vision to embrace the profound Mahayana selflessness of the “great emptiness” of all phenomena as well as the vast training and fruition of the path of a buddha-to-be.

This course is an updated and greatly revised version of the Nalandabodhi Mahayana Series with many new materials based on talks by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, especially in the areas of mind training (Tib. lojong), Madhyamaka, Mind-Only, Yogachara, Shentong, and buddha nature. Thus, all Nalandabodhi students who have already studied the previous Mahayana Series are greatly encouraged to join the new classes of this series.

Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl will be teaching most of the classes, including MAH 303, 304, 305, and 306.

Mahayana 305: Discovering Our Buddha Heart


Monday evenings
August 21 – Sept 25, 2017
7:00 PM—8:30 PM

New Mahayana Series Overview:

Course will start with MAH 303 and 304, then MAH 301 and 302, followed by MAH 305 and 306.

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Buddhism 

Nov 14, 2016 – Jan 16, 2017
MAH 303: Not Even a Middle

Jan 23 – March 6, 2017
(Class #6: Wednesday, March 1)
MAH 304: Yogachara, Mind Only, and Shentong

March 13 – April 3, 2017
MAH 301: The Heart of Daring

April 10 – June 5, 2017
MAH 302: Kindling the Spark of Awakening

August 7 – Sept 11, 2017
MAH 305: Discovering Our Buddha Heart

September 18 – October 2, 2017
MAH 306: Paramitas, Paths, and Bhumis


The text for the course is available in the Nalanda bookstore.


For each course, the follow fee scale applies.

General: $65
Nalandabodhi members: $40
Course Repeat/Review: $20


Please register online or at first day of class.

New Mahayana MAH 305


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