April 6 - May 1

Bodhicaryavatara by Shantideva

Sonam Phuntsok

Bodhicaryavatara is a renowned Mahayana Buddhist text composed by Shantideva, a Buddhist master at Nalanda Monastic University in India (around 700 CE).

This text has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries, first in India, and later in Tibet. It explains the Mahayana view and the methods to realize it. H.H. Dalai Lama has said, ìIf I have any understanding of compassion and the practice of the Bodhisattva path, it is entirely on the basis of this text that I possess it.

In this course, the explanations given will be based on the commentary by Khenchen Kunzang Palden, a disciple of Patrul Rinpoche.

Sonam Phuntsok is one of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpocheís senior monks. He was trained at Dzongsar Institute in classical Buddhist philosophy, and also completed a 3-year meditation retreat in Bhutan. He is currently engaged in translation projects under Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.