A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part III - Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhichitta

July 28th—October 6th

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  • $90 Program price
  • $100 Patron price
Room: Downstairs Shrine Room

This course is the third of a four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings.

The power of the Mahayana comes from its clarity regarding the true nature of reality. This clarity is described as penetrating insight (prajna) that sees that the world is actually different from what we habitually think it is. Instead of assuming that beings, objects and systems are solid, truly existing independently, the bodhisattva sees that everything is empty of concepts and reference points (shunyata). Everything depends upon everything else, and phenomena arise interdependently (pratityasamutpada). This pivotal insight changes everything, bringing tremendous joy and freedom to the path. This is absolute bodhicitta, the fertile basis of the compassion of the bodhisattva.

Five Live Zoom Sessions/Talks with Q&A

July 28 – Going beyond Concept: Prajna and Absolute Bodhicitta
with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
August 11 – Heart Sutra: Twenty-five Lines On How to Practice Prajña Paramita
with Acharya David Schneider
August 25 – Wisdom and the Great Mother: Mahayana Feminine Principle
with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
September 8 – Glimpses of Sunyana
with Acharya Melissa Moore
September 22 – Prajna & Compassion: From Empathy to Compassion
with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
October 6 – Live Group Discussion led by the Acharyas

Please note: This is a Shambhala Online program hosted by local coordinators. Drop-ins are welcome to come to one or more sessions as their schedules allow. A drop-in donation of $20-$25 per session is suggested, but not required. Dates, times, and locations may change to accomodate schedules of the regular group. Therefore, drop-ins should contact Sandy at [email protected] for updates. As always, our Generosity Policy applies.*

*Our Generosity Policy

In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a “pay what you can afford” policy.  If the program price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can.

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.