Thank you for joining us on this powerful inner journey to learn and embody the way of the Bodhisattva.
A Bodhisattva is one who awakens, not only for their own benefit, but also for the benefit of others. The Mahāyāna (Great Vehicle) teachings emphasize the cultivation of compassion and wisdom as a way to walk the path with intelligence and care. We will explore the key historical developments that took place during this great period of development in Buddhist thought, such as the Prajñāpāramitā Sūtras, Madhyamaka and Yogācāra philosophies, the concept of Buddha Nature, and the greater emphasis on compassionate motivation. Meditations on the Four Immeasurables, including Tonglen, and Prajñāpāramitā (Transcendent Wisdom) will also be taught.
May it benefit you and all beings!
This 8-week online course will consist of a balance of lectures, discussion, study and practice so that the teachings can become integrated into your body, mind and spirit. You should find everything you need to orient yourself on this page. Please read through to the bottom so that you don’t miss anything.
Note: The course technically begins with the “Downloads” Section. Begin with that page and be sure to mark it “complete” (red button at the bottom of the page) or you will not be allowed to proceed to the next section.
- Two-hour lecture/webcast – Saturdays with Lopӧn Chandra
Weekly Meditation Practice (in person attendance required) – choose one of the following
- Wednesdays 5 pm to 7 pm Pacific Time with Assistant Teacher Ven. Dr. Myodo Jabo
- Dates: Aug. 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2 – Break – Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7
- Zoom Link – Same as above
- Thursdays 10 am to 12 pm Pacific Time with Lopӧn Chandra
- Dates: Aug. 13, 20, 27, Sept. 3 – Break – Sept 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8
- Zoom Link – same as above
Exam: An optional oral exam will be given at the end of the retreat to those who wish to use the course to toward fulfilling a requirement in one of Tara Mandala’s long-term programs.
- Register Here
Structure of the Site: To navigate the weekly modules, scroll down to the ‘Course Content’ table below and select your desired week as they become available. Please remember to click the “mark as complete” text at the bottom of each page or you will not be given access to the following topic or week. You are free to return to any topic, at any time.
Downloads: All worksheets or audio files will be available as downloads, in the week where they are introduced and will be added week by week to the “Downloads” section as well.
Discussion Forum: At the bottom of every weekly overview page, you will find a “Comments” section where our teachers will post questions to help deepen your reflections. You can also use the space to ask questions and share your experience of that week’s lesson. This section is where we can create a sense of community, connection and deepen our learning.
Please jump in by sharing your intention for this course below!