Program Details

Mahayana and the Bodhisattva Vow

with Mary Whetsell
April 6 / 9:00 AM - April 6 / 12:00 PM

This half-day class, which is open to everyone, introduces the principles of the bodhisattva vow that marks a practitioner’s entrance into the "great vehicle" of deep insight and vast action. Through this vow, we dedicate our life and practice toward complete awakening for the benefit of all beings. The Bodhisattva Vow is further commitment to put others before oneself and to work wholeheartedly for their benefit through the intentional development of an awakened heart.

 “Planting such a seed as the bodhisattva vow undermines ego and leads to a tremendous expansion of perspective. Such heroism, or bigness of mind, fills all of space completely, utterly, and absolutely. Within such a vast perspective, nothing is claustrophobic and nothing is intimidating. There is only the vast idea of unceasingly helping all sentient beings, as limitless as space, along the path to enlightenment...”
— Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

This class is the recommended preparation for those who wish to take the Bodhisattva Vow which will be offered the last weekend of April, 2013 with Acharya Emily Bower as preceptor. In order to prepare for taking the Bodhisattva Vow, aspirants must have taken the Refuge Vow and be practicing regularly. You should have a Meditation Instructor or teacher who can complete the MI Recommendation form to support your application.  Please contact your meditation instructor or Janet Bronstein at if you are interested in taking the Bodhisattva vow.

For more information about the class, contact Mary at or 205-595-8568


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