OL BCA6: Cultivating Patience - Chapter Six of The Way of the Bodhisattva

The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicaryāvatāra) by Śāntideva teaches the preciousness of bodhicitta, the awakening mind, and explains how to practice generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditation, and wisdom while striving to recognize that awakened mind. In The Sixth Chapter, Śāntideva details the crucial importance of the Perfection of Patience in relation to the bodhisattva path of the Mahāyāna, or the Great Vehicle.

This online course assumes no prior knowledge of Buddhist philosophy, history, or practice. Taught over 33 sessions, this short course is designed to be viewed daily over the course of a month, or at the student’s leisure in the self-study format. The methodology of the course combines traditional Tibetan monastic word-for-word text commentary with a Western-style academic contextualization. This approach mirrors the courses offered in our on-site classrooms in Kathmandu.

Students can expect to spend forty minutes per day watching or listening to the teachings. Course content is presented as video lectures given by Khenpo Jampa Donden and translated into English by Sophie Greenewalt. Supplementary materials were created by Mort Ostensen. Students can study at their leisure in the self-study format.

Students will navigate the course material via Moodle, an open source e-learning environment. Internet access is required for studying this course. Students will have access to this short course for four months from their date of registration.