DB10: Developing Bodhichitta

Tuesdays, Sep 19 to Oct 24 (no class on Oct 17)


Description from the FPMT Education Dept:

Discover practices that develop our innate qualities of compassion. Learn to apply these techniques to generate the mind of bodhichitta, known as the very heart of Buddha’s teachings.

Message from the instructor:

Many of you have heard about bodhisattvas, perhaps from visiting the Asian Art Museum or from pop songs. The idea of being one of these compassionate heroes probably sounds like a good thing to you, but the question is how do we become that? How do we get from being an ordinary person to being a bodhisattva?

Being a bodhisattva is contingent upon developing a certain attitude, called bodhichitta (literally ‘awakening mind’; correctly spelled: bodhicitta). Bodhichitta is the attitude of wanting to be a buddha in order to benefit all sentient beings. It becomes the driving force behind all our Dharma practice, in the Mahayana tradition.

This Discovering BUDDHISM course is about how to develop bodhichitta and how to act like a bodhisattva.

Topics covered include:

  • the importance of bodhichitta in our lives and in our Dharma practice
  • the step-by-step method for developing this bodhisattva attitude, which is based on compassion
  • bodhisattva vows – how to take them and how to keep them
  • the conduct of a bodhisattva – how to act like a bodhisattva

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Each module of Discovering Buddhism includes an experiential element in the form of a Saturday practice day or a weekend retreat. [More details to come.]

See more about the whole Discovering Buddhism program at Land of Medicine Buddha, here.

Drimay_2012_by-Nyingje-Rick-AngelesAbout the Instructor

Venerable Drimay is the regular Discovering Buddhism teacher at LMB. She has these and similar course since 2001, has been a Buddhist nun since 1991, and began studying in this lineage in 1984. See more about our instructors.


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Date(s): Tuesdays, Sep 19 to Oct 24 (no class on Oct 17)
Times: 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Instructor/Leader: Venerable Drimay
Type of event:
Number of sessions: 5
Level: Introductory
Participation: best to join at beginning of course; drop-ins allowed
Location: Main Gompa
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