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Becoming a Boddhisattva: The Journey of Awakening

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  • Modules released: Thursdays, July 28, August 4, 11, 18

About the Course

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 this module, we will ask the question, What is Buddhism? We will explore the Theravadin and Mahayana schools of thought and compare and contrast their approach to the spirit of awakening. We will discuss basic Buddhist principles such as the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.
In this module, we will read Shantideva’s Vow of the Bodhisattva together. We will explore the implications of taking such a vow and learn how standing in the intention of the Bodhisattva can become a navigational aid on our spiritual path and in our lives.
In this module, we will explore the Paramitas, with special emphasis on the development of patience and effort. We will work with a form of insight meditation to identify and learn about our own particular challenges in meeting the demands involved in walking the path of the Bodhisattva.
In this module, we will seek to understand how important it is to reconcile the experiences of samsara and nirvana if we are to effectively serve others. We will explore the Two Truths to further develop a robust understanding of the field in which the Bodhisattva must function.
There will be a live Q&A session hosted by Isa Gucciardi on September 8, 2022 from 8 – 9 pm ET. This will be an opportunity to connect with Isa live and ask any questions you have about the course material.

Participants in this course will learn:

  • Gain an intimate understanding of Shantideva’s philosophical approach to the path of the Bodhisattva.
  • Understand the Four Noble Truths from a new perspective.
  • Have the opportunity to perfect their meditation practice.
  • Learn how the Eight Fold Path becomes a navigational aid in walking the path of the Bodhisattva.
  • Gain new perspectives on the Paramitas.
  • Learn how to apply the Two Truths in ‘real time’.
  • Have the opportunity to engage in extensive self-exploration and internal discernment processes.

About Isa Gucciardi

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.

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