The path of the Bodhisattva Warrior begins with developing affection for ourselves and expands this to others, dissolving the barriers that divide us. In this course, senior teachers offer 21 wonderful talks, accompanied by contemplative and meditation practices, from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings of our lineage.
Through its four topic areas, this course presents an overview of the main Mahayana Path teachings, as well as suggested reading and contemplation questions to help you deepen your understanding of the material. The four sections are:
I. Maitri and the Four Immeasurables
With Pema Chödrön, Susan Chapman, Eve Rosenthal, Fleet Maull, Dale Asrael, and Dan Hessey
This course includes an introduction to the Mahayana from Susan Chapman, and personal instruction from Pema Chödrön on the compassion practice of Tonglen (“sending and taking”).
The course then introduces The Four Immeasurables:
- Equanimity, with Eve Rosenthal,
- Loving-Kindness, with Fleet Maull,
- Compassion, with Dale Asrael, and
- Sympathetic Joy, with Dan Hessey.
II. Relative Bodhicitta and the Paramitas
With Marty Janowitz, Emily Bower, Suzann Duquette, Moh Hardin, and John Rockwell
An exploration of relative bodhicitta and how we put our aspiration into action with the practice of the Paramitas:
- Generosity, with Marty Janowitz,
- Discipline, with Emily Bower,
- Patience, with Suzann Duquette,
- Exertion, with Moh Hardin, and
- Dhyana (Meditation), with John Rockwell.
III. Emptiness and Absolute Bodhicitta
With Judith Simmer-Brown, David Schneider, and Melissa Moore
The power of the Mahayana comes from its clarity regarding the true nature of reality. This section includes the following talks:
- Going Beyond Concept: Prajña and Absolute Bodhicitta, with Judith Simmer-Brown,
- The Heart Sutra: Twenty-five Lines On How to Practice Prajña Paramita, with David Schneider,
- Wisdom and the Great Mother: Mahayana Feminine Principle, with Judith Simmer-Brown,
- Glimpses of Śūnyatā, with Melissa Moore, and
- Prajña & Compassion: From Empathy to Compassion, with Judith Simmer-Brown
IV. Lojong and Compassionate Engagement
With Gaylon Ferguson, John Rockwell, Holly Gayley, Fleet Maull, and Susan Skjei
This last section of the course explores the teachings on Lojong, Atisha’s famous mind-training slogans, that invite us to utilize the difficulties and problems we encounter to deepen our path.
- Introduction to Lojong and the Four Reminders, with Gaylon Ferguson,
- Absolute Slogans, with John Rockwell,
- Relative Slogans Part I, with Holly Gayley,
- Relative Slogans Part II, with Fleet Maull, and
- Bringing It Into All Areas of Life, with Susan Skjei.