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Readers Guide - A guide to the many translations, commentaries, and deep dives into specific chapters published by Shambhala Publications and others.

A Brief History - A very brief history of this text.

An Immersive Workshop on The Way of the Bodhisattva - Shambhala Publications and the Tsadra Foundation are pleased to share with you this immersive four day workshop with the Padmakara Translation Group's Wulstan Fletcher, translator of many core Buddhist texts.

  • Part 1: Introduction and Overview of the Text

  • Part 2: Generating Enthusiasm and Understanding Bodhicitta

  • Part 3: Maintaining Bodhcitta and Preventing It from Degenerating

  • Part 4: How to Intensify Bodhicitta

  • Part 5: The Way of the Bodhisattva Today

A Workshop on Translating The Way of the Bodhisattva - A look at the process of translation.

*From the Padma Translation Group's Edition: "There are two Sanskrit titles of Shantideva’s work. The longer one, Bodhisattvacharyavatara, was rendered literally as the title of the Tibetan version (byang chub sems dpa’i spyod pa la ’jug pa), the literal meaning of which is The Entrance to the Way of the Bodhisattva. There exists a shorter and much-used title, Bodhicharyavatara, which means Entrance to the Path of Awakening.

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Making Friends with Yourself

Imagine having Pema Chödrön sitting in your living room, speaking directly to you. This course, beautifully set in the intimate environment of remote Gampo Abbey, presents Pema teaching how to step outside ourselves to see how our sense of self develops and leads us to negative patterns of thinking.

Taught by: Pema Chödrön

The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion

Once the essential foundation of the hinayana teachings has been laid, the next step begins with opening the focus of practice to include the world beyond oneself. This personal paradigm shift is the gate to the mahayana teachings, beginning with shunyata, the essential emptiness of all phenomena, and with the compassion that naturally arises from that understanding.

Taught by: Judith L. Lief

Living the Dharma

Tibetan Buddhist master Anyen Rinpoche and his teaching partner Allison Choying Zangmo share what it takes to achieve realization on the spiritual path with a practical and approachable means for bringing our practice alive and actualizing the wisdom of the Buddha in our hearts.

Taught by: Anyen Rinpoche & Allison Choying Zangmo


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