May I be a guard for those who are protectorless,
A guide for those who journey on the road.For those who wish to cross the water,May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.
May I be an isle for those who yearn for land,
A lamp for those who long for light;
For all who need a resting place, a bed;
For those who need a servant, may I be their slave.
We are starting a new reading group! Please come and join us in reading Shantideva's "Way of the Bodhisattva." We'll meet on Zoom at 7:00 pm on Thursday evenings. This is a reading/dharma conversation group hosted by Sangha teacher and Tanto (head of practice) Shudo Chris Burkhart.
Together we will dig through the writings of Shantideva who was a sage, monk, and a bit of a trouble maker in the 8th century at Nalanda, the great Buddhist monastery. For an hour we will read and discuss whatever comes up for us. There are no reading assignments and there is no need to commit to the series, dropping in is fine.
We will be using the translation from the Padmakara Translation Group. If you wish to go deeper, Ani Pema Chodron wrote the accessible & very worthwhile commentary "No Time to Lose." There are several other commentaries available & all input is welcome.
For questions, Zoom link or password, please contact Shudo Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org . There is no fee for the class; however, it helps us if you do register. So... Please register!
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