Sept. 7, 2019 - Apr. 19, 2020
The moment one begins to aspire with their heart, instantly perfect enlightenment is attained.
- Uisang of Silla, Song of Dharma Nature -
Receiving the Bodhisattva Precepts represents a deepening commitment to the cultivation of Buddhadharma and to this tradition and temple. It means nourishing the ongoing intention to bring understanding-awakening to the center of our lives. Becoming a Bodhisattva means that we emphasize the dynamic nature of our awakening mind, our buddha-mind which adapts skillfully to whatever arises in daily life.
Students wishing to follow the Bodhisattva path commit to observing the 10 Great Precepts and cultivating the Six Paramitas. To create good dharma habits they commit to developing a regular daily practice for two consecutive periods of 16 weeks including prostrations, meditation, recitation, study, and journaling. Bodhisattva practice is together practice, so all students engaged in GRBT student programs will meet together monthly to practice together and reflect on dharma practice as it manifests in their daily lives. Together we develop insight through reflection and understanding arising from our study, meditation, and precept practice each nourishing one another so that it may begin to mature our spiritual practice, our character, and our wisdom which can be given for the benefit of all.
1) Ten Great Precepts
2) Six Paramitas
3) Four Foundations of Mindfulness
4) Becoming Bodhisattvas: A Guidebook for Compassionate Action, Pema Chodron, translation and commentary on Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva.
Daily Practice (at least once per day at least 5 days per week):
1) Prostrations (3-36 prostrations)
2) 15-30 min. meditation
3) Three Refuges (Recited or Chanted)
1) Bodhisattva Kido chanting and or memorization
1) Attend Sunday Service
2) Attend monthly Dharma Student meetings (first Saturday of each month)
3) Participate in volunteer opportunities (through temple or other organizations)
4) Attend Lojong and/or Uposatha
For Individuals: $240 for 32 week practice period which can be paid in full at the beginning of practice period or in installments by the end of the 32 weeks. ($300 for Married Couples) Tuition covers participation in all temple activities and classes with exception to retreats. Program participants will be able to attend retreats for reduced rates. If tuition is a barrier to participation, please speak with a clergy member.