Program Details

Heart of the Buddha: The Six Paramitas


with Kim Kelso
August 17 / 8:30 AM - September 15 / 1:30 PM

During this class we will explore in depth the ancient teachings on the six paramitas or six transcendent actions: Generosity, Discipline, Patience, Exertion, Meditation, and Prajna (wisdom). By examining and contemplating each of these qualities, we heighten our awareness of them and begin to notice in our daily lives how our thoughts and behaviors hit or miss the mark. Cultivating these qualities is the way we refine ourselves and attain the awakened heart of the bodhisattva.


Through readings, talks, discussions and exercises we will together explore how to bring these qualities to life in our experience. The class fee includes the weekend class (August 17-18) plus three follow-up sessions (September 1, 8, 15). Please join us for what promises to be a rich exchange.


Reading List:


Class #1 August 17-18
Mindfulness in Action, Chapter 9 - The Bridge of Compassion
Meditation in Action - Chapter on Generosity
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism – The Bodhisattva path pages 167-174


Class #2 Patience Paramita, Sept 1 – 11:30-1:30
Meditation in Action - Chapter on Patience
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism pages 174-175


Class #3 Exertion and Meditation Paramitas, Sept 8 – 11:30-1:30
Meditation in Action - Chapter on Meditation
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism - pages 175-177


Class #4 Prajna Paramita, Sept 15– 11:30-1:30
Meditation in Action - Chapter on Wisdom
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism pages 177-179


Pricing Information and Generosity Policy:


We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate.  If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you in your current situation, and offer as much of the program fee as you can.


For those who can offer the Patron price, your generosity will help to cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.


You have the option of paying online by PayPal, or on the first day of the program by check. Please make checks out to Phoenix Shambhala Meditation Center.

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