It was bold and transformative when written around 700 C.E., yet fiercely practical and usable today. The Way of the Bodhisattva describes the process of enlightenment from the first thought to full buddhahood. Its author, Shantideva, was a philosopher, monk, poet and scholar at the monastic university Nalanda, a celebrated center of learning in ancient India. Initially viewed as a slacker by his fellow monks, Shantideva blew his peers away with this work.
This beautiful and inspirational piece is considered one of the great texts in Mahayana Buddhism – which emphasizes practicing not just for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others. Join Ko’in Newsom and Thomas Bruner in exploring Shantideva’s admonitions for turning away from selfish concerns and vowing to work for the enlightenment of all beings.
A free pdf of our text is available for download here. We will focus on pages 30-142.
Meeting ID: 820 4183 6124