The Bodhisattva Warrior: Six Paramitas
with Steve Tibbetts
Generosity - Discipline - Patience - Exertion - Meditation - Prajna (Wisdom)
Having developed a powerful aspiration to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, one takes the Bodhisattva Vow. The spiritual path then becomes a journey of developing fearlessness, open heart and the skillfulness with which to engage the world. This Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies class presents the six transcendent actions, or Paramitas, of the Bodhisattva Path and how we put these ideals into practice in our everyday life.
Some preliminary meditation experience is recommended but not required. Free meditation instruction is available every week on Sundays at Open Sitting, and on Mondays night at Fresh Start Monday. In addition there is a free 3-hour Introduction to Meditation course offered from 9-12 on the first Saturday of each month.
In order to hit the ground running, participants are encouraged to do some reading about the paramitas, specifically looking at these questions:
What are the paramitas?
What does the practice of meditation have to do with the paramitas?
Are the paramitas something to do, or something that happens?
There are many internet resources and books about the paramitas. Two particular recommendations are:
- the first 4 chapters of "Contemplating Reality" by Andy Karr, pages 1-40
- the practical description of the paramitas in Chogyum Trungpa's "Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness," pages 1-16
Some copies of these books are also available in the Shambhala Center library, and some members may also have copies you can borrow.
About the teacher
Steve Tibbetts met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and began formal study with him in 1985. He worked for Naropa University’s Study Abroad programs in Nepal and Bali occasionally between 1985 and 1997. In November of this year he traveled to the Sopa Chöling retreat center in Nova Scotia and spent two weeks teaching participants in the traditional Kagyu three-year retreat currently in progress.
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