For the Highest Good: Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicaryāvatāra), one of the great classics of Indian Buddhist literature, was written by the distinguished 8th-century scholar, Master 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.

Becoming a bodhisattva and entering the path to enlightenment is accomplished by generating bodhicitta, the mind that aspires to attain enlightenment for the welfare of all beings. In this course, we will be studying the first three chapters of Shantideva’s text, in which he explores the benefits of cultivating bodhichitta as well as the way to make it firm in the mind.

For those wishing to attend all three sessions, there will be an option to receive credit for part of a module of the FPMT Basic Program. Please contact our Spiritual Program Coordinator, Lauren Coleman ([email protected]) if you would like to register for this option.


Event Fee

Friday: $20/session (Shantideva members: $18)

Saturday: $50/session (Shantideva members: $45)

Sunday: $50/session (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].)  

About the Teacher

Gen Don HandrickGen 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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