Wednesday, Dec 11

Reverend Heng Sure will continue explaining the Ten Grounds (Skt. bhumi, Eng. grounds), the levels that a bodhisattva achieves in the progression from the first direct experience of ultimate reality up to the fully enlightened state of a buddha. We had an introductory talk on this topic in November, but even if you missed that, you are still welcome to join in.

Each ground corresponds to one of the ten perfections (Skt. paramita). In November’s class, we mainly heard about the first two grounds, with their perfections: generosity and morality.

In the Tibetan tradition, we see these grounds mentioned in Chandrakirti’s commentaries on the Middle Way (Madhyamaka-avatara and Madhyamaka-avatara-bhashya), which are structured around these Ten Grounds, citing the Dasha Bhumika Sutra. Students of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association tend to study sutras more directly, especially the Avatamsaka Sutra, which is where they find virtually the same sutra – Dasha Bhumika – as one of the chapters in that book.

Reverend Heng Sure is one of the most well-known monks from DRBA, residing at their Berkeley Buddhist Monastery and traveling extensively to teach and attend inter-faith events especially in Asia, Australia, and North America. His talks are fun, mixed-media events. He has been teaching extensively on the Ten Grounds this year at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery.

Rev. Heng Sure will be teaching a university course in Australia during the first part of 2014, so this is your last chance to see him until at least this summer.

From the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery website:

Dharma Master Heng Sure was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1976. For the sake of world peace, he undertook an over six hundred mile pilgrimage from South Pasadena to Ukiah, repeatedly taking three steps and one bow to cover the entire journey. In the entire two years taken to make the pilgrimage, he observed a practice of total silence. Rev. Heng Sure has an M.A. in Oriental Languages from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He serves as the Managing Director of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery and teaches on the staff at the Institute for World Religions. He lectures on the Avamtasak Sutra at the Berkeley Monastery every Saturday evening. He is actively involved in interfaith dialogue and in the ongoing conversation between spirituality and technology.

Date(s): Wednesday, Dec 11
Times: 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Instructor/Leader: Reverend Heng Sure
Type of event: open talk
Number of sessions: indefinite
Level: intermediate
Participation: drop-ins welcome
Location: Main Gompa
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