For some information about the subject matter of this course, link to blog entry, "Background for Fall 2011 Term".
The classes will continue the presentation of the Second Topic (Mahayana Practice Instructions) addressed in Chapter 1 of the Ornament for Clear Realizations (Abhisamayalamkara) by Maitreya. (Download Class AUDIO MP3s, Handouts, etc. from Blog Post entries).
Chapter 1 of the Ornament raises Ten Topics (relating to the Omniscient Mind).
The Spring 2011 semester covered the First Topic, Bodhicitta and began the Second Topic, Mayahana Practice Instructions, has Ten Subjects. The First, the Two Truths, was also covered in the Spring 2011 classes.
ALL of the class materials for the Spring 2011 classes on Bodhicitta and the Two Truths can be downloaded from the blog post: Handouts & Charts - Spring 2011 Classes.
The Fall 2011 term will address:
- The Four Noble Truths (the Second Practice Instruction), and
- Refuge (the Third Second Practice Instruction).
Classes are held from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays in the Prayer Hall at IBD which is located inside the gate to the temple complex. (Take the first set of stairs on the right up to second floor.)
Discussion group timing will be formulated after the course starts. Traditionally, debate plays a crucial role in fostering students' understanding; in lieu of which, students are encouraged to participate in the discussion groups.