Fall Study Intensive

Fall Study Intensive (HYBRID)

Sundays, 1:30 - 3:00 pm -- 9/25, 10/2, 10/30, 11/6

Registration is required. Class fees are $5-$15 per class, sliding scale with scholarships available. Payment can be made online or in person in the zendo foyer.

"Dualism is a trick of the mind, not a description of the way the world actually is."

                                          -- Joan Sutherland in Vimalakirti and the Awakened Heart

This fall we will focus on the Vimalakirti Sutra, an entertaining and accessible teaching whose central character is the layman Vimalakirti.  Through the unfolding tale of Vimalakirti’s fantastical creations, brilliant dialogues, and skillful means, we are presented with an exposition of the main Mahayana teachings: the Bodhisattva ideal, emptiness teachings, skillful means, and non-duality. This series invites you to take up these foundational texts, and take a deep dive into developing a peaceful and generous heart right in the midst of the challenges of our lives.


Required texts:

Vimalakirti and the Awakened Heart: A Commentary on the Sutra that Vimalakirti Speaks, Joan Sutherland, 2016, Following Wind Press. ONLINE E-BOOK

The Vimalakirti Sutra, translated by Burton Watson, 1997, Columbia University Press ONLINE E-BOOK

Before Class #1, September 25

Read the entire Joan Sutherland book.

Read Chapter 1 of the Watson translation of the sutra

Before Class #2, October 2

Read Chapter 5 of the Watson translation of the sutra