Dharma Study Groups at Maitrivana

Dharma Study Groups at Nalandabodhi Vancouver begin September 2017 at Maitrivana, Garden of Loving Kindness,  4610 Earles St., Vancouver BC

Any questions? Please reply to Leona <study@nalandabodhi.ca>

Are you curious to learn, discuss, read, and explore Buddha-dharma in a facilitated group setting? If so, you’re warmly invited to engage with Nalandabodhi Vancouver’s study programs this coming autumn season.

Below are details of three upcoming study groups.

1.      Karmapa Book Group
Begins Saturday, September 16 (11 am)

Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society
by 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Open to all! In this informal book group, you’ll have the chance to explore how the Karmapa’s teachings can make a difference in your personal life, in the lives of your friends and family – and in our interdependent world.

Tea, conversation, and chapter-by-chapter explorations.  Facilitated by senior students at Nalandabodhi.  All welcome on a drop-in basis.

Interconnected dates: Sat., Sept. 16 & every 2nd Saturday thereafter
Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm
Prerequisites: None! Drop-in if you must; everyone welcome
Tuition: Free. Donations welcome
Book cost: $34 (available at Lotus Books, Maitrivana)
Location: Maitrivana, 4610 Earles St., Vancouver BC

About Interconnected (2017) & 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje thekarmapa.png
We’ve always been, and will always be, interconnected through family, community, and shared humanity. And as our planet changes, it’s vital we not only recognize these connections, but also begin to actively work to create a truly global society.

The 17th Karmapa is uniquely positioned to guide us inthis process. Drawing on intensive Buddhist training and a passionate commitment to social justice, he teaches how we can move from a merely intellectual understanding to a fully lived experience of connection. In clear language, the Karmapa draws links between such seemingly far-flung issues as consumer culture, loneliness, animal protection, digital technology, and self-reliance. In the process, he helps us move beyond theory to practical social change.

2.       Hinayana Study Group
Begins Wednesday, September 13 (7 pm)

The Path of the Noble Ones: The Hinayana View (HIN 201)

Buddhism is not a religion in the usual sense of the word. It is a method of investigation, or science of mind, that allows you to work skilfully with the positive potentials and negative energies of your own mind. In Nalandabodhi’s Path of Study, the Hinayana teachings introduce you to the fundamental instructions of the Buddha, foundational to everything that follows. Hinayana study takes one year. This first course covers the Hinayana ground or view; the second covers the Hinayana path and its results.

Hinayana dates: Wed., Sept. 13 & every 2nd Wednesday thereafter
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Prerequisite: NB Intro. to Buddhism courses
Tuition: $50 (nobody turned away due to funds, please discuss with facilitators)
Coursebook: $15 (required; available at Maitrivana)

About The Hinayana View (HIN 201)
This course introduces Hinayana as the indispensable foundation of the three_yana system of Buddhist study (Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana) and offers a detailed examination of the building blocks of the Buddhist science of mind.

3.       Mahayana Study Group begins Sat., Sept. 16 (9:30 am)

Compassion Without Limit: Kindling the Spark of Awakening (MAH 302)

Hinayana study of selflessness are the jumping off point for understanding Mahayana selflessness, which broadens the notion beyond personal selflessness into the vastness of mahashunyata, or the “great emptiness.”  In Mahayana teachings, we look at the possibility of generating limitless compassion and the unbounded intention to benefit all sentient beings, known as bodhicitta.

Mahayana dates: Sat., Sept. 16 & every 2nd Saturday thereafter
Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 pm
Prerequisites: NB Intro. to Buddhism; Hinayana; MAH 301 courses
Tuition: $50 (nobody turned away due to funds, please discuss with facilitators)
Coursebook: $20 (required)

About Kindling the Spark of Awakening (MAH 302)
This course includes teachings on generating bodhicitta (awakened heart) and lojong mind training, including the famous Seven Points of Mind Training and tonglen (taking and sending) practices.

PS: These Mahayana courses are greatly revised versions of the previous Mahayana series, with many new materials from talks by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Thus, any Nalandabodhi student who has studied the previous Mahayana Series is strongly encouraged to join these new classes!
Maitrivana, the Garden of Loving Kindness, is at 4610 Earles St. in Vancouver, BC (a puff o’ smoke from the 29th Ave. SkyTrain Stn)
Website: http://vancouver.nalandabodhi.ca/


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