Explore this recorded Shambhala Online course at your own pace.
The path of the Bodhisattva Warrior begins with developing affection for ourselves and then expands this affection to others, dissolving the barriers that divide us. To support this practice, Shambhala senior teachers taught a year-long course with contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings of our lineage.
Throughout this four-part series, the main practice is tonglen, taught by Ani Pema Chödrön with a guided meditation and an audio talk that is posted in all four courses. There are also additional teachings to introduce and support other practices of the Mahayana.
Within this series, divided into four seasonal themes, teachers offer talks that relate to each topic with their own personal approach. The themes for the four seasons echo the virtues of the Four Dignities of the Shambhala Path: Tiger, Lion, Garuda and Dragon.
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This course includes tonglen instruction, an audio talk by Pema Chödrön and an introduction to The Four Limitless Ones.
Class 1 – Shamatha and Maitri: Establishing the Foundations for our Mahayana Journey with Susan Chapman
Class 2 – Introduction to Tonglen with Pema Chödrön
Class 3 – Equanimity with Eve Rosenthal
Class 4 – Loving Kindness with Fleet Maull
Class 5 – Compassion with Dale Asrael
Class 6 – Sympathetic Joy with Dan Hessey
This course includes an exploration of Relative Bodhicitta and how we put our aspiration into action with the practice of the Paramitas.
Class 1 – The Paramita of Generosity with Marty Janowitz
Class 2 – The Paramita of Discipline with Emily Bower
Class 3 – The Paramita of Patience with Suzann Duquette
Class 4 – The Paramita of Exertion with Moh Hardin
Class 5 – The Paramita of Meditation with John Rockwell
The power of the Mahayana comes from its clarity regarding the true nature of reality. This clarity is described as penetrating insight (prajna), that sees that the world is actually different from what we habitually think it is. Instead of assuming that beings, objects and systems are solid, truly existing independently, the bodhisattva sees that everything is empty of concepts and reference points (shunyata).
Class 1 – Prajnaparamita and Absolute Bodhicitta with Judith Simmer-Brown
Class 2 – Heart Sutra with David Schneider
Class 3 – Feminine Principle with Judith Simmer-Brown
Class 4 – Shunyata with Melissa Moore
Class 5 – Prajna and Compassion with Judith Simmer-Brown
The spiritual path does not lead to non-activity and withdrawing from the world. In the Shambhala tradition, the master warrior is profoundly engaged. This last part of the course series will explore the teachings on the Lojong, Athisha’s famous mind-training slogans, that invite us to utilize the difficulties and problems we encounter to deepen our path.
Class 1 – Lojong and the Four Reminders with Gaylon Ferguson
Class 2 – Absolute Bodhicitta Slogans with John Rockwell
Class 3 – Relative Bodhicitta Slogans, Part 1 with Holly Gayley
Class 4 – Relative Bodhicitta Slogans, Part 2 with Fleet Maull
Class 5 – Bodhicitta in Everyday Life with Susan Skjei
Class 6 – The Bodhisattva Vow with Susan Chapman