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Wisdom of the Middle Way

19 July - 12 August 2021
8:00am - 10:30am

Wisdom of the Middle Way
A journey through the wisdom chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara
Online Study Program
19.7.2021 – 12.8.2021


Teachings with Lopön Sonam Jamtsho
Review classes with Arne Schelling, Chantal Bergers und Verena Pfeiffer.


The Bodhicharyavatara ("Introduction to the Way of a Bodhisattva") is probably the best-known introductory text of the Mahayana path and an integral part of the curriculum of Tibetan monasteries. In this classic Mahayana text, the great Buddhist master Shantideva (8th century) explains the six paramitas, i.e. the six qualities that form the basis for a bodhisattva's actions.


The ninth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara is particularly famous because it explains the paramita of wisdom. In this chapter, Shantideva very succinctly describes the fundamentals of the philosophy of the Middle Way (Madhyamaka). In doing so, he explains the Buddhist understanding of the two levels (or truths) of reality: relative or conventional truth, that is, how things appear, and absolute truth, that is, how things really are - namely, beyond all concepts of existence and non-existence.


In this study program, we apply these philosophical foundations taught by Shantideva around 1300 years ago to the reality of our lives today, and to practically understand their timeless significance. We will consider what these ideas mean for our own perspective on life and for our spiritual path. H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama said about the Bodhicharyavatara that it is important to really study this text in order to develop ourselves spiritually, rather than just accumulate academic knowledge.


Lopön Sonam Jamtsho will teach on the 9th chapter together with experienced Western teachers (Arne Schelling, Chantal Bergers and Verena Pfeiffer), so we will learn both a traditional Tibetan and a Western approach. There will be plenty of opportunities for contemplation, meditation and questioning.


Monday: 8:00-10:30 Teaching & 17:30-19:00 Review

Tuesday: 8:00-10:30 Teaching

Wednesday: 8:30-10:00 Review

Thursday: 8:00-10:30 Teaching & 17:30-19:00 Review

Friday: 8:00-10:30 Teaching