Bi-monthly on: 17th March, 19th May, 21st July, 15th Sept
The Mahayana Buddhism Study group will gather every two months to study topics and passages from well-known Buddhist scriptures and commentaries. Participants will be encouraged to do some reading in the lead-up to each meeting. Then we have a meditation, presentation on the topic, and a discussion group.
Examples may include some readings from well-known Mahayana Sutras, including Lankavatara Sutra, Vimalakirti Sutra, and others. Also texts such as the Buddha Nature Treatise, Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana and others will be drawn on. Sessions will concentrate on passage from one of these sources, rather than reading a large volume of material
The topics for consideration will be those associated with Mahayana Buddhism such as: prajnaparamita, bodhicitta, sunyata and the bodhisattva path. The focus will be mostly from East Asian traditions.
It won’t be too academic or technical, but some study and reflection will be expected from attendees – readings will be posted online in advance of each session at https://mahayanist.
All Sessions by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a fee and it is up to individuals to determine the amount of dana they would like to offer. It can sometimes be easy to become confused when we are new to this and we wonder “how much should I give?” This is a relevant question in the material economy but an appropriate dana cannot be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and awareness of the costs and expenses associated with organising a course.