Program Details

Adv. Buddhist Studies - Wisdom - Chapter Nine of Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva


with Derek Kolleeny
September 17 / 7:00 PM - October 29 / 9:00 PM

Wisdom - Chapter Nine of Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva


Eleven Tuesdays from September 17th to December 10th (no class 10/29), from 7-9:15 pm


This class will take a slow, grounded journey into the world of madhyamika. We will address such basic questions as “What are we talking about when we talk about existence? How do we actually think things exist? What do we find when we look closer and closer at things? Why is causation so important? What is empty of what? How does all this help us?” 


Using the framework and content of the famous “Wisdom” chapter from Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara as the main reference point, we will strive to make the text more accessible by branching off into the background and details of the various major topics—such as the Buddhist tenet systems, the schema of the 75 or 100 dharmas, the classification of phenomena into existents and non-existents, and the way cognition works with different types of objects—as they arise throughout the chapter, and which Shantideva assumes his readers are versed in.


We will use the version of the Bodhicharyavatara translated by Padmakara Translation Group, called The Way of the Bodhisattva, for the root text of the ninth chapter, and two supporting texts. Participants should purchase the book Practicing Wisdom by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A sourcebook of additional readings will also be required; hard copies will be available for purchase at cost and the pdf file will be available without charge.


This course is open to students who have taken the Intermediate Buddhist Studies courses, particularly the Way of the Bodhisattva course, or with permission of the instructor. If you are interested in the course but not sure about taking it, please come check out the first session or two, to help you decide.


Derek Kolleeny became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1970s and has been teaching the Buddhism for 20 years and the Advanced Buddhist Studies courses for the last twelve years.


Generosity Policy: Our generosity policy supports individuals who are undergoing financial hardship. Please contemplate how much you can truly offer and give more, less, or the suggested amount based on your individual circumstances. The tuition amount reflects our costs to offer the program. To take advantage of our generosity policy you must contact us in advance at: (212) 675-6544.

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