The Bodhisattva Path

Sundays

June 21-July 12

  4:00-5:30 pm

$60 suggested donation

A life of meaning and purpose
In the Buddhist tradition, the bodhisattva is one who dedicates her or his life to awakening in order to help others free themselves from suffering.  The path of the bodhisattva begins with this aspiration. 

If this vision of a meaningful life makes sense to us, we, too, can enter this path.  This path is not reserved for religious monastics; It is open to all of us.  Even as laypeople with many responsibilities, we can be actively involved in life and still follow this path.

As bodhisattvas-in-training, we engage in the process of gradually transforming our mind.  Freed of the afflictive emotions that arise from our misunderstandings and distorted perceptions, the natural goodness and purity of our mind begins to emerge. This is the mind of our innate wisdom and compassion—generous and joyful and fully equipped with the necessary skills to benefit others.

Each class includes teaching, written instructions, guided meditations, and time for Q&A.  (EXPERIENCE)These practices can be done by anyone, regardless of their spiritual tradition. After the classes end, a weekly follow-up meeting will be offered at no cost to answer questions and help you maintain a regular practice.

Classes meet weekly on Zoom.  When you register, you will receive a Zoom link for joining the class and a short reading to prepare for the first meeting.  If possible, please register at least one day prior to the first class so that you will receive the link and instructions.  If you haven't received an email within 24 hours of registering, it may have landed in your junk folder. Please check.
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John Blackburn, Ph.D., has practiced meditation for over forty-five years, practicing intensively with teachers in the Vipassana, Zen, and Dzogchen traditions.  He leads a local meditation group, the Knoxville Community of Mindfulness.  He also serves as member of the board of directors for Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC.