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The Way of the Bodhisattva

~ Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra  ~

June 5th  – July 31st  

The Bodhicharyavatara is the most practice-oriented of all the Indian Buddhist treatises and texts. It contains all the necessary key points a practitioner needs to know and is relatively easy to study and understand. The Bodhicharyavatara is a text to be practiced and not simply studied. Genuine understanding comes about only through practicing the teachings. As Atisha said, “Intense study brings only some understanding. Practice, however, brings great understanding.”
The Bodhicharyavatara can be practiced according to the ‘sequence of meditation’ as taught in the manuals written by Rongtönpa (The Garland of Jewel Ornaments) and Patrul Rinpoche (The Brightly Shining Sun). Following these manuals, the Bodhicharyavatara is practiced in a particular order and is used as a text for ‘mind-training’.

Bodhicharyavatara (Skt. Bodhicaryāvatāra)  (Tib. བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའི་སྤྱོད་པ་ལ་འཇུག་པ་)  Shantideva’s classic guide to the Mahayana path. It is included among the “thirteen great texts”, which form the core of the curriculum in most shedras.

Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra has ten chapters dedicated to the development of bodhicitta (the mind of enlightenment) through the practice of the six perfections (Skt. Pāramitās). The text begins with a chapter describing the benefits of the wish to reach enlightenment. The sixth chapter, on the perfection of patient endurance (Skt. kṣānti), strongly criticizes anger. Tibetan scholars consider the ninth chapter, “Wisdom”, to be one of the most succinct expositions of the Madhyamaka view. The tenth chapter is used as one of the most popular Mahāyāna prayers.


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Over the course of many years Bryson has diligently worked to create a curriculum based on the traditional Tibetan monastic education system while suitable for a non-monastic audience. He has completed course work both inside Tibetan monasteries and privately with teachers from different lineages, including his root teacher Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche, Ven. Fedor, and Geshe Sonam Rinchen and many other wonderful teachers.

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