1:30-3pm on these dates: 3/7, 3/28, 4/4, 4/25, 5/2,
We will study the many expressions of the Bodhisattva ideal, using Taigen Daniel Leighton’s book Bodhisattva Archetypes: Classic Buddhist Guides to Awakening and their Modern Expression, 1998, Penguin. We will study the major figures from ancient times and their characteristics, then begin to identify the ways in which they and contemporary figures offer us models for conducting our own lives.
Class Fee is: $5 - $15 per class (sliding scale.
For Class on April 4
We will hear a summary of the Bodhisattva named Avalokiteshvara, known as the Hearer of the Cries of the World, and noted for her compassion and skillful means.
We will continue to inquire: Who in your life (contemporary public figure, family member, movie or book character) exemplifies the characteristics of these archetypes?
Preparing to work with this question: ‘Can you describe a way in which you yourself can cultivate the qualities we admire so much in these figures?’, we will review a study of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the Four Great Endeavors.
Continuing to recognize that there are parallels between the Bodhisattva archetypes and the 4 vows we recite frequently, we agree that Manjushri the Perfect Wisdom Bodhisattva supports us in our intention, “Delusions are inexhaustible, I vow to end them.” In some translations this is read as, “I vow to transform them.”
What other parallels do you see?
Finally, a brief overview of Kishitigarbha (the Earth Mother) and Maitreya (the Buddha of the future) will prepare us for the April 25 class.