This class explores the Path of the Bodhisattva through the eyes of Shantideva, the great 8th-century Indian philosopher, Buddhist monk, poet, and scholar. Shantideva’s classic, A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, one of the great literary classics of Buddhism, is our guidebook as we seek to understand our own relationship to the concept of the Bodhisattva. The Bodhisattva is a being, who, having attained a certain level of realization, determines to dedicate themselves to helping others do the same. This highly experiential class also covers a broad range of Buddhist principles with the focus of learning the skills and engaging in practices that help us become more proficient at relieving suffering for ourselves and others.
In the mid-nineties, Isa began developing Depth Hypnosis as she entered into clinical practice. Her studies, both in academia and in the field, of cultural and linguistic anthropology, comparative religion, and transpersonal psychology formed the basis of her approach with clients and students. As the body of work that grew out of her clinical practice became larger, she began teaching others so that more people could benefit from the techniques she had developed. In order to accommodate the number of classes that grew out of this process, she co-founded the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, which is now a school for consciousness studies in Berkeley, California, serving hundreds of students each year. Isa teaches and speaks nationally and internationally, and she has published numerous articles, podcast episodes, videos, and the books Return to the Great Mother and Coming to Peace. She maintains a private practice with institutions and individuals in Depth Hypnosis and Coming to Peace processes. Isa speaks five languages and has lived in eleven countries. She is the mother of two children and lives with her partner in San Francisco.