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Practicing the Brahmavihāras and Cultivating Bodhicitta: A Tibetan Approach
Dates: Oct 04, 2021 - Nov 01, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Gregory M. Seton

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According to the Nyingma Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, bodhisattvas cultivate the “mindset of awakening” (bodhicitta) as the very meaning of life itself: by aspiring to realize awakening for the sake of others and then by transforming their mindsets to be open, loving, and compassionate toward all in everything they do along the way. In order to give rise to this mindset in the first place, they must do the preparatory practice of the four Brahmavihāras, the unconditional qualities of loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. This course will teach—through presentations, light readings, guided meditations, and discussion—how to meditate on these four unconditional qualities, how to personalize the practice, how to use the practice to work with painful emotional patterns and situations, how to give rise to the actual mindset of awakening, how to deepen that mindset through the three degrees of Tonglen (“exchange”) practice, and how to live in that mindset day to day.

Online Course: This course will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. 

Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. When registering for this course, please plan to attend as many sessions as possible. 

Meeting Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST between October 4 and November 1

Meeting Dates: October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, November 1

Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.

Registration fees for online courses are nonrefundable after the course start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the course will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.

  • Greg Seton, Senior Lecturer of Religion at Dartmouth, is a scholar of both ancient and modern Buddhist texts in Tibetan and Sanskrit, specializing in Buddhist philosophy and the theoretical frameworks for the meditational practices inspired by the Buddhist “Scripture on the Perfection of Wisdom.” After receiving his D. Phil in Buddhist Studies from the University of Oxford, he took a position as professor of Tibetan and Indian Buddhist Studies at Mahidol University in Thailand. Through his DAAD fellowship at the University of Hamburg in Germany, he studied and critically edited the historically important Indian commentary on the Perfection of Wisdom based on 11th and 13th century palm leaf Sanskrit manuscripts and 15th century Tibetan block prints. His study and translation of the commentary and scripture, along with his Tibetan and Sanskrit critical editions of them, is set to be published as a four volume set.

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