Online Acharya Talk: A Year of Deepening in Compassion

June 23rd—August 25th

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    The path of the Bodhisattva Warrior begins with developing affection for ourselves and expands this to others, dissolving the barriers that divide us. To support this practice, the Shambhala Acharyas have offered to lead the community in a year-long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings of our lineage.

    Through Shambhala Online, these talks will begin on February 2019 and conclude January 2020. Throughout the year, the main practice is tonglen, which will be taught by Ani Pema Chodron with both a guided meditation and an audio talk that will be posted on the home page for the course. Additionally, live online talks by acharyas will introduce and support other practices of the Mahayana.

    There is no charge for this program, due to a generous donation by a SD center member.

    June 2 - Paramita of Practice and Generosity

    Suggested reading:

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma Book 2: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion by Chögyam Trungpa:  Part 2 Chapter 4 “Awakening Your Enlightened Genes” (pp 69-77)  &  Part 6 Chapter 27 “Generosity” (pp 206-213)

    Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion by Pema Chödrön: Chapter 69 “Generosity”

    Becoming Bodhisattvas: A Guidebook for Compassionate Action formerly published as No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva by Pema Chödrön:  “Developing a Clear Intention” (pp 1 – 25) & “Preparing the Ground” (pp 25-34).

    June 23 - postponed

    July 7 - Paramita of Discipline

    Suggested readings:

    No Time to Lose by Pema Chödrön pp 109-111;

    Myth of Freedom by Chögyam Trungpa, pp 2-3; pp 96-97

    July 28 - Paramita of Patience

    Suggested readings:

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma
    Book 2: The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassionby Chögyam Trungpa:  Part 6: “The Delight and Workability of Paramita Practice” (pp 198-200), “Characteristics of Paramita Practice” (pp 200-201), “Intentional Action in Paramita Practice” (pp 201-202) &  Chapter 29 “Patience” (pp 229-237)

    Meditation in Action by Chögyam Trungpa: “Patience” (pp 51-58)

    Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion by Pema Chödrön: Chapter 71 “Patience” (pp 137-38)

    Becoming Bodhisattvas: A Guidebook for Compassionate Action formerly published as No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva by Pema Chödrön:  “Working with Anger: Patience, Part 1” (pp 159 – 87)

    August 4 - Paramita of Exertion

    Suggested readings:

    Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Chögyam Trungpa, “The Bodhisattva Path” esp. pp175-177

    A Little Book of Love, Moh Hardin, Chapter 5, “True Bravery”

    August 25 - Meditation

    Suggested readings:

    The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma: Volume 2, The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion by Chögyam Trungpa“Meditation,” pp. 249-255. 
     
    Also recommended for a classical presentation is:
    Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa, translated by Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche: “The Perfection of Meditative Concentration,” pp. 219-231.