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Extinguishing the Flames of Anger: Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Ch. 6
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.

We all know how incredibly destructive anger can be in the world, and the unrest it creates in our minds can become a major obstacle to our spiritual progress. Addressing this harmful state requires the practice of patience, a mind that can remain undisturbed in even the most challenging situations. In the sixth chapter of his text, Master Shantideva skillfully reveals the methods to cultivate the strength of patience as a powerful antidote to overcome the inflamed mind of anger and remove this impediment to our progress on the path of awakening for the benefit of all beings.

Important Notes

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom, as the center is currently closed due to COVID-19. Zoom is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. 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. A login link 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.

If you have questions about Zoom or on how to access the class online, please contact us at [email protected].

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

Chapters 1 to 3, October 2019

Chapters 4 & 5, February to May 2020

Registration / Schedule

Suggested: $20 per session
Other offering options: free to $30

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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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