“A human being is part of the whole called by us ‘the universe’, a part limited by time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Join us as we explore the importance of compassion and altruism in our daily lives: without them our mind and activities are tangled up in self-interest, usually causing pain to ourselves and others. The route to freedom is mapped out for us if we have the courage to follow it. Already, developing compassion in our minds would be a huge benefit to the world.
Bodhicitta, however,is more more than just compassion for others – it is the mind completely given to the aspiration of gaining full enlightenment as the only truly satisfactory means of benefiting all others in the utmost possible way. It is a huge mind. It is the most vast mind, as Geshe Tashi tells us in ‘The Awakening Mind’, his textbook for this part of the Foundation of Buddhist Thought course.
In this course, we will follow the steps mapped out over the centuries by the Indian and Tibetan Buddhist masters. They lead us to a mind that is imbued with a strong sense of love and compassion for all other living beings, a feeling of dearness and closeness to all. From that mind there arises the the natural wish to help all beings in the most profound way possible.
Join us as we continue our study of Geshe Tashi’s popular Foundation of Buddhist Thought course. This is the fourth module in the course, but all are welcome, whether you have studied the previous modules or not.
Led by Lynne Knight
We will be basing the classes on the book, The Awakening Mind, by Geshe Tashi. It would be helpful if you have your own copy to read each chapter ahead of the class. We have a few for sale at the reduced price of £5 each in our own bookshop.
If you wish to explore further, I recommend the following books:
N.B. It is possible to study the Foundation of Buddhist Thought in more depth, adding richness to the fortnightly classes with extra guided meditations and online support with questions and a final review, following the outlines of the very successful online certificate course. You will be guided by Martin Kerrigan, long-term tutor for the online course. If you think this might be for you, there are more details here, and you can talk it over at the class.