Q&A session on Shantideva’s Wisdom chapter with Arne Schelling
Join us for an interactive Zoom session with Arne Schelling on Shantideva’s Wisdom chapter
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 session Arne Schelling, a long term Dharma Instructor appointed by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, will answer any questions about any verse of the Wisdom chapter of Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara.