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, 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.
Mahayana 301 – The Heart of Daring, Sept 17 to Oct 8, 2018
Mahayana 302: Kindling the Spark of Awakening, Oct 15 to Nov 5, 2018
Mahayana 303: Not Even a Middle, Nov 12, 2018 to Jan 28, 2019
Mahayana 304: Yogachara, Mind Only, and Shentong, Feb 4 – March 18, 2019
Mahayana 305 – Discovering Our Buddha Heart, March 28 to April 29, 2019
Mahayana 306 – Paramitas, Paths, and Bhumis, May 6 to June 10, 2019
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Buddhism
The text for the course is available in the Nalanda bookstore.
Fees for each course:
$40 for Nalandabodhi members
$20 for students repeating the course