Sunday, November 18 from 10am to 3:30pm


Bodhicitta is the altruistic intention to attain enlightenment in order to be of the greatest benefit to others. When we have truly developed this strong motivation, then we can consider ourselves to be on the Mahayana path.

It takes practice to open our hearts and put others first, and we will cultivate bodhicitta together while integrating topics from the How to Develop Bodhicitta module of Discovering Buddhism. There is no prerequisite and all are welcome.

Join us for discussion and guided meditations designed to cultivate bodhicitta. Making the most of this opportunity to work with our minds, we will practice silence during the breaks, including lunch. Please bring your lunch and enjoy the tranquility of retreat.




10:00-10:15 Welcome and Motivation
10:15-10:45 Session
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-11:30 Session
11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-12:15 Session
12:15-12:30 Walking Meditation
12:30-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30-2:00 Q&A
2:00-2:30 Session
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:15 Session
3:15-3:30 Dedication and conclusion



You may also register at the door. Online registration will close at 6pm on Saturday, November 17. 


Fee: $50

Shantideva Members: $45

(Member discounts will be applied automatically if you have transferred your membership to MindBody. If you need assistance doing this, please contact [email protected].)



To apply for a scholarship, please complete this form and email it to: [email protected] at least one week before the event. We are happy to answer any questions.



FPMT certification is available for those who complete all the components of the course. The completion certificate confirms the satisfaction of having accomplished a comprehensive engagement with the path to enlightenment and is symbolic of your commitment to spiritual awakening.

If you are interested in receiving credit for completing this module, please indicate your commitment to completing all of the module’s requirements by printing, completing, and signing the first page of this document: Requirements for Official Completion of Discovering Buddhism or email it to [email protected].



Gustavo Cutz is in the process of becoming a FPMT certified teacher. He has worked at Wisdom Publications in Boston, has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Meditation Center since 2008 and a facilitator for Discovering Buddhism since 2012. He also interprets/summarizes Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the eight worldly concerns, the six perfections, the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, and most recently Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, chapters 1-3. Gus is a clinical psychologist and currently practices on Long Island.