Engaging in the Bodhisattva's Deeds - Chapter 8: Meditation

April 2, 9, 23, 30

***This course will occur virtually via Zoom***

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Having in such ways as these

Thought about the excellences of solitude,

I should completely pacify distorted conceptions

And meditate on the Awakening Mind.

 — Acharya Śantideva,
Chapter 8, A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

For the first four weeks of the 2020 Basic Program at LMB we will carry on looking at Chapter 8 of Śantideva’s “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life”, which we began in 2019. The rest of this chapter is about how to meditate on the awakening mind, or bodhicitta, by way of equalizing and exchanging self and others. I hope we are going to find this all very relevant to our present situation and to our daily practice.


We are using the Stephen Batchelor translation of A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Śantideva. A digital copy of the text, and other course materials, will be available to all registered students through a web page from which files can be downloaded.

Spring-Summer 2020 Basic Program

This is the 3rd term of the Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds module of the FPMT Basic Program.

In Term 1 (2018), we covered Chapter 1-5 of Śantideva’s Bodhicaryátara. In Term 2 (2019), we covered Chapter 6 & 7 and began Chapter 8.

Term 3 (2020) is expected to occur as follows:

  • 4 Class Sessions – Chapter 8 (April-May 2020)
  • 8 Class Sessions – Chapter 9 & 10 (Late Spring or Summer 2020)

(Some dates will be non-consecutive due to visiting teacher scheduling or existing instructor obligations.)

It is best to study the Basic Program at the beginning of a given class and attend regularly. A general background in Buddhism is expected, either from having attended Discovering Buddhism courses or from general lam-rim instruction.

About the FPMT Basic Program

The Basic Program is a multi-year, twelve-subject course of study designed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It provides a practice-oriented transmission of the Dharma to committed students ready to progress beyond foundational-level study and practice. Its comprehensive curriculum greatly enhances students’ Dharma understanding, establishing a sound basis for ongoing study, practice, retreat, and service. FPMT centers worldwide offer the program at a variety of levels; it is also available as an Online homestudy program.

Some of Tibetan Buddhism’s most treasured texts form the heart of the Basic Program – Je Tsongkhapa’s Middle Length Lam-Rim, Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara, the Heart Sutra, Jetsun Chökyi Gyältsen’s Tenets, Maitreya’s Ornament for Clear Realization and Tathagata Essence,the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, and others guide the practitioner through a comprehensive study of sutra and tantra.

Students may enter the Basic Program at the beginning of a subject as indicated by individual centers. Students will benefit most from their BP studies if they have some familiarity with the preparatory study and practice offered by foundational-level courses such as Discovering Buddhism.

About the Instructor

Venerable Steve Carlier (Thubten Sherab) was born in the UK, and has been studying Buddhism since 1977. He first met Lama Yeshe, the founder of the FPMT, and Lama Zopa, its current head, in 1978. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk by Lama Zopa in 1979 and received full ordination from Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche the following year. He studied for eleven years at Nalanda Monastery in France, and from 1993 to 2004 was one of only a handful of Westerners who have followed the Nalanda (India) tradition of studies at Sera Monastery in India. Since 1978 he has been a student of the revered late abbot emeritus of Sera Je monastery, Geshe Jampa Tegchog. Eventually he came to serve as this great master’s interpreter. He is currently at Land of Medicine Buddha, teaching Discovering Buddhism and the Basic Program.


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Date(s): April 2, 9, 23, 30
Times: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Instructor/Leader: Ven. Steve Carlier
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Number of sessions: 4
Level: Intermediate; Basic Program
Participation: Regular Attendance Recommended
Location: Other Location
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