For the Benefit of Oneself and Others
with Jon Landaw
Sundays, Jul 10, 17, 24, 31, Sep 11, 18, 25 & Oct 2, 9:30–10am EDT ONLINE
The bodhisattva ideal, as demonstrated in the tireless activities of our wise and compassionate spiritual mentors, inspires even those of us deeply mired in the quicksand of our self-absorption that freedom, open-heartedness and transcendence―our true birthright―are always available to us.
In these half-hour sessions, we shall examine some of the challenges encountered when trying to break through the illusory, self-created limitations holding us back. Perhaps this examination will reveal a meaningful pathway bringing us closer to fulfilling the bodhisattva ideal that beckons us, holding out the promise of lasting benefit for both ourselves and others.
At the end of the sessions, we will also recite Condensed Prayers to the 21 Taras, which have been advised by Khadro-la for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s long life. (Learn about all the practices here.)
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.
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Registration / Schedule
Suggested: $20 per session, or $144 for all 8-weeks of the course
Other offering options: free, $5, $10, $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.
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Time zone: US Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC-4)
All recordings will be available soon.
Dana for the Teacher
About the Teacher
Jon Landaw was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1944. He received his A.B. degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College in 1965 and spent three years teaching English as a Second Language with the Peace Corps in Iran (1966-69).
Jon worked as English editor for the Translation Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (1972-77) producing numerous texts under the guidance of Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. As a student of Lama Yeshe and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche since the mid-1970’s, he has edited numerous works for Wisdom Publications, including “Wisdom Energy” and “Introduction to Tantra.” He is also the author of “Prince Siddhartha,” a biography of Buddha for children, “Images of Enlightenment,” published by Snow Lion in 1993 and “Buddhism for Dummies”. As an instructor of Buddhist meditation, he has taught in numerous Dharma centers throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.
Jon is known for his ability to present traditional Buddhist ideas in ways that are accessible and relevant to our everyday life. He and his wife currently live in Santa Cruz, California where he teaches regularly at the nearby Land of Medicine Buddha center.