Mastering the Mind: Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Chapters 4 & 5
Co-hosted with the Namdrol Ling Study Group

Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicaryāvatāra), one of the great classics of Indian Buddhist literature, was written by the distinguished eighth-century scholar Shantideva. This revered text is widely regarded as the most authentic and comprehensive guide for the spiritual practitioner dedicated to the enlightenment of all sentient beings. His Holiness the Dalai Lama cites this work as one of the greatest influences in his life and repeatedly stresses the benefits of studying it.

Having developed the mind intent upon enlightenment (or bodhicitta, which is covered in the first three chapters), the bodhisattva must initially remove the obstacles of destructive behavior and uncontrolled emotions which impede one’s progress toward enlightenment. In this course, we will examine the fourth and fifth chapters of Shantideva’s text, which reveal the methods to strengthen one’s far-reaching motivation and develop proper mindfulness as antidotes to these impediments to proceeding on the path.

Important Notes

This is an online-only class that is administered using Zoom. (There will be no sessions at the physical center.) You will need a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend. 

After registering, an email receipt will be sent to the email address that you used to register. The login information for Zoom and the password to the course materials page will be on the receipt. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please test the login in advance to make sure that you can access it on your device.

Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have questions.

For those who attend all sessions, there will be an option to receive credit for part of a module of the FPMT Basic Program. Please email [email protected] if you are interested.

Course Materials

If you are a registered student, you may access course materials on this password protected page. Please refer to the email receipt for the password. 

Past Recordings

Past recordings of Chapters 1 to 3 by Don Handrick in October 2019.

Schedule / Registration

Suggested Offering

Suggested $20 per session Other offering options: free to $30 The suggested amount helps support teacher offerings and expenses, direct costs and rent. Shantideva member discounts or benefits will be applied automatically if you have a membership in MindBody. If you need assistance transferring your membership in PayPal, please contact [email protected].

About the Teacher

Gen Don Handrick is the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling (TNL) in New Mexico and teaches for FPMT at the Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist Center in Taos. Gen Don also serves as a Board member and Buddhist teacher for Liberation Prison Project, which includes teaching Buddhism at a local prison in New Mexico. Gen Don’s study and practice of Buddhism began in 1993 when he read The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. Over the next two years, he practiced with Rigpa, Sogyal Rinpoche’s organization, until he began attending classes with Venerable Robina Courtin at Tse Chen Ling, the FPMT center in San Francisco. At the beginning of 1998, Gen Don left the Bay Area to attend the FPMT’s Masters Program of Buddhist Studies. in Sutra and Tantra, a full-time seven-year residential study program in Tuscany, Italy, taught by Geshe Jampa Gyatso. By 2004, he successfully completed the program and received an FPMT final certificate with high honors. Soon after, Don moved to Santa Fe and served as the Spiritual Program Coordinator for TNL, and in 2006 he was appointed Resident Teacher.

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