Week Three – Overview
At the heart of the Mahayana is the vow to help all beings attain enlightenment, called the bodhisattva vow. A bodhisattva is a “being intent upon enlightenment,” not for themselves, but for the benefit of all beings. This week explores the vow and how one fulfills it.
This week you will
- Explore the meaning of the bodhisattva vow as expressed in the Indian, East Asian, and Tibetan traditions
- Learn about bodhicitta—“the mind intent upon attaining enlightenment”—in both its aspirational and applied forms
- Cultivate an understanding of the union of wisdom and compassion
- Learn about the six perfections and what they mean for developing insight into the ultimate truth and engaging skillfully with relative truth
- Explore the surprising depths and benefits of the perfection of patience, as an example of the depth of the individual perfections