The Path of the Bodhisattva— Tonglen and the Paramitas

with Lee Grant & Jackie Muse

January 24th—February 24th

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  • $150.00 Program Price
  • $200.00 Patron Price
  • Or offer what you can
Room: Decatur

For centuries, millions of people have lived the life of a bodhisattva, a joyful spiritual path of motivation, wisdom and compassionate activity. Today, in this remarkable, brilliant, and confounding 21st century, such inspiration is available now when we need it most. 

What is a Bodhisattva? For centuries, millions of people have lived the life of a bodhisattva, a joyful spiritual path of Motivation, Wisdom and Compassionate Activity. Today, in this remarkable, brilliant and confounding 21st century, such inspiration calls out to us now when we need it most.

What is Tonglen? The practice of giving and receiving, or sending and taking. Tonglen is also referred to as exchanging self for other. It is a simple practice that can help us  connect with the experience of others.

What are the 6 Paramitas? They are generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and wisdom. We will explore these transcendental activities in depth.

Where is the JOY in your life? It may be in the red leaf of the maple tree, the eyes of a loved one, that first cup of morning coffee, a good traffic day, stopping for a pedestrian, or the sound of children running and playing.

How can you access your Joy and Inner Wisdom? Most of our struggles spring from our preferences: on the one hand, fear and aversion and on the other, attachment and attraction to the world and the circumstances we find ourselves in.

“The more negativity we take in with a sense of openness and compassion, the more goodness
there is to breathe out on the other side. So there is nothing to lose. It is all one process.”
Chogyam Trungpa

If you wish, you're welcome to drop in for one or more individual class sessions. The suggested offering is $25 for each Wednesday session and $50 for the final Saturday session.  

Limited scholarships are available for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Email [email protected] for details.

This program is hybrid, both in person and available on zoom. Please let us know how you will be attending when you register.

Jackie Muse has been practicing Buddhism since she met Chogyam Trungpa in 1974 and has been teaching Buddhism and Shambhala for four decades. She is a retired Montessori teacher and is married to Keith Muse. Together they have two daughters and four grandchildren living in the Atlanta area.

Lee Grant has been been practicing meditation in the Shambhala tradition since 2003. After 28 years as a prosecutor for the state, Lee chose to decompress by taking temporary monastic vows and spending two years at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia. While living at the Abbey she became very close to Pema Chodron, her teacher and friend. Lee's main takeaway: wherever you go you carry yourself and ALL your stuff with you - and so does everyone else - which makes the need for maitri, loving-kindness, essential.