WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2009
7:00 pm - 8:30pm
Requirement - open minds and open hearts.
We welcome individuals of all paths and understandings to participate in weekly gathering consisting of meditation, meditative reading and review along with group reflection on Buddhist principles and practices or Dharma.
• Chanting/Meditation/Tea 7pm-7:30
Study Topic for Wednesday 5/13/09:
Chapter 1- The Excellence of Bodhicitta (verses 20-36)Way of the Bodhisattva by 8th Century Master, Shantideva and a mini study of 1st Noble Truth as time allows. This well-known and loved text focuses on the cultivation and enhancement of Bodhicitta, This is a quality of completely open, or completely awakened heart and mind. The fruit of this compassionate practice is a heart and mind that wishes to benefit and bring enlightenment to all sentient beings. It is the Bodhisattva (Bodhi=awakened, Sattva=being) way.
Chapter 1 makes the case for, and inspires us to become awake to Bodhicitta as the supreme quality of compassion. We have learned of the 2 aspects of Bodhicitta, namely “aspiring” or Bodhicitta in intention and “active” Bodhicitta, practical engagement. We will continue on in this study with verses 20-36. In addition, if time permits, we will present the 1st Noble Truth.
“And now as long as space endures, as long as there are beings to be found, may I continue likewise to remain to drive away the sorrows of the world.”
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