We'll be studying Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's way of life and specifically the chapter on great compassion, bodhicitta. Bodhicitta is considered the highest state of mind and it causes one to attain buddhahood; it increases virtue; and it purifies negative karma. As one of the sutras (Samadhiraja-sutra) says:
The constant, daily worship of the supreme ones
With countless gifts of all that may be found
Within all buddhafields a hundred million strong --
All this is nothing when contrasted with a loving mind!
This book follows in the great tradition of books that are designed to make Buddhism accessible and relevant to ordinary life. It is one of the seminal texts in Buddhism and is one that H.H. the Dalai Lama said gave him the most benefit. It is as relevant today as it was when it was written in the 8th cent.
If you want a copy of the book, here's an Amazon link: www.amazon.com/Guide-Bodhisattvas-Way-Life-Santideva/dp/[masked]/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=[masked]&sr=8-9&keywords=shantideva
I hope you will join us.
This will be a multi-week class. You can join at any time (don't be afraid!). We'll do our normal meditation session followed by teaching and discussion.