The Joy and Beauty of a Life of Service:
Becoming a Bodhisattva
Teachings and Vow Ceremony
With Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Khyenwang
Sunday, June 9 | 10:30am – 3pm
What is a Bodhisattva?
A Bodhisattva is a friend of the world, someone who has decided to develop their good qualities such as love, compassion and wisdom, and reach their full potential in order to benefit others. In this special day course, learn how to practically engage in daily life with a supreme good heart, bodhichitta, a mind that transforms all our actions into a path to enlightenment and that wishes only to help others reach their full potential.
What is the Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow?
No matter how much we change external conditions, we will never find lasting peace until we learn how to change our mind. In taking refuge vows, we make a sincere determination to attain Dharma realizations (actual protection for our mind), to receive Buddha’s blessings and to receive help from Sangha (spiritual friends and teachers).
By taking the Bodhisattva Vow we have the opportunity to enter into Mahayana Buddhism and commit ourselves to keeping the intention never to abandon living beings, always striving to improve ourselves in order to benefit and protect them.
A Very Special Event
In the morning, Gen Khyenwang will give teachings on how to be a “friend of the world”, living as a Bodhisattva in modern daily life. After lunch, she will give teachings on understanding the vows and then granting the vows for those who wish to receive them or renew them. Everyone is welcome.
Books used for the teachings will be available at the bookstore:
*Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
*The Bodhisattva Vow
Introductory Teaching: 10:30am-12pm
Vow Ceremony, Tea Break, Conclusion: 1-3pm
$30 for the day – $15 for Full Members – Free for Benefactors
Introductory teaching only: $15
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