Deepening in Compassion

SF Shambhala is pleased to join with Shambhala Online to offer a series of Buddhist Mahayana teachings taught by the Shambhala acharyas. (An acharya is a senior teacher in the Shambhala community.) Each teaching will replace our regularly-scheduled Sunday Morning Sit. We will connect online, along with the global community, to participate in these live-streamed events.

The Joyful Snow Lion: The Paramitas
This series of classes includes an exploration of bodhicitta and how we put our aspiration into action with the practice of the Paramitas. In Buddhism, bodhicitta, or “enlightenment-mind”, is the striving towards awakening, empathy, and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Paramita is a Sanskrit word that can be literally translated as “arrive on the other side or shore”. By practicing the paramitas we work towards overcoming our negative destructive emotions, transcending suffering, and seeing the true nature of things. Practicing the paramitas helps us to be of benefit to the world.

Each class will include a live discussion led by one of the Acharyas as well as suggesting readings and books to deepen our understanding of these teachings. You will also be given contemplation exercises to help you integrate these fundamental teachings into your daily life.

A Year of Deepening in Compassion
This series is part of a full year of teachings that are divided into four seasonal themes, with a new course beginning every three months. Within each season, acharyas will be offering talks that relate to that topic with their own personal approach. There will be one online discussion group for each season.

Schedule for the live sessions and talks:

The Joyful Snow Lion: Generosity
with Acharya Marty Janowitz
Sunday, May 5 from 10 AM to 12 Noon

The Joyful Snow Lion: Discipline
with Acharya Susan Chapman
Sunday, May 19 from 10 AM to 12 Noon

The Joyful Snow Lion: Patience
with Acharya Suzann Duquette
Sunday, June 2 from 10 AM to 12 Noon

The Joyful Snow Lion: Exertion
with Acharya Moh Hardin
Sunday, June 16 from 10 AM to 12 Noon

The Joyful Snow Lion: Live Group Discussion
led by the Acharyas
Sunday, June 30 from 10 AM to 12 Noon

The Joyful Snow Lion: Samadhi and Course Conclusion
led by Acharya John Rockwell
Sunday, July 14th from 10 AM to 12 Noon

Schedule
10 AM Online presentation
12 Noon Community socializing and tea

Cost
*Sliding Scale $10 to $15
Nobody turned away for lack of funds
*Paying the higher amount will help subsidize those who are not able to make a financial contribution.

Registration
Preregistration and online payment is strongly encouraged. It is necessary to register for each class individually.

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