Opening the Heart Sutra - in Brunswick
with Christopher St. John & Eunice St. John
March 6 / 6:30 PM - April 10 / 8:30 PM
Opening the Heart Sutra
Six week class, Brunswick Shambhala, Wednesdays 6:30pm March 5-April 10, 2019
This six week class will be based on close reading of the Heart Sutra and commentaries by
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche from Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and the Profound
Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma Vol II, The Bodhisattva Path.
The sutra and these commentaries summarize the Mahayana teachings on practical ways to open our hearts to our
Class readings are posted below and all are welcome to “drop in” to any class they
are able to attend.
Some prior experience of meditation will be helpful but not required. Questions to instructors are welcome.
Readings for class on Opening the Heart Sutra (available in PDF on request and books for purchase)
For class II, March 13, 2019: Chogyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism,
“The Open Way” pp. 91-103; “Shunyata”, pp. 187-206; “Prajna and Compassion, ” pp. 207-215
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Other Shore, “The Cloud and the Cave,” pp. 15- 25
For class III, March 20, 2019: Chogyam Trungpa, The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma,
Vol. II The Bodhisattva Path, “Joining Profundity and Vastness”, pp. 121-126; “Emptiness,” pp. 129-133; “Discovering a World Beyond Ego”, pp. 134-141
For class IV, March 27, CTR, TPTOD, Bodhisattva Path, “Emptiness and the Middle Way,” pp. 142-148;
“Emptiness of Ordinary Reality,” pp. 149-158;
For class V, April 3: CTR, TPTTOD, Vol II, “Experiencing Reality in its Fullest Sense,” pp. 159-170;
“Contemplating Emptiness, “ pp. 171-179
For class VI, April 10, CTR, TPTOD, Vol. II, “Awakening Unfabricated Perception,” pp. 180-189
“Paramitas”, pp. 193-202; “Applying Emptiness,” pp. 203-205