A Brilliant Sun is a short work written by Dza Paltrül Orgyen Jigmé Chökyi Wangpo (Patrül Rinpoche) (1808-1887) that outlines the stages of practice according to Śāntideva's The Way of the Bodhisattva. It is traditionally taught alongside more extensive study of The Way of the Bodhisattva, hence it is a perfect companion for those that are either studying this text or have already done so. In it, we find practical advice on how to apply these teachings in the context of daily meditation sessions, beginning with how to use the verses of the root text to engender the altruistic attitude of bodhicitta, as well as methods for practicing each of the six pāramitās, from generosity to wisdom.
This short course is taught by Khenpo Karma Gyurmé (Tokpa Tulku), senior monastic lecturer at RYI. Given his own practice and study experience at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, and his teaching experience with Westerners, Khenpo Tokpa Tulku is able to provide an inspirational platform to support the transmission of the Buddhadharma to the West.
This course is designed for anyone wishing to deepen one’s practice in relation to one’s bodhisattva vow. There is no prerequisite for this course. Course material will be presented through video lectures in Tibetan with translation to English. Students can study at their leisure in the self-study format. This course is also available in the interactive format for group study.
The translation of this text is being offered at no cost to participants in RYI's Online Learning Program. Proceeds from the sale of this translation are normally used to support scholarships for local students at RYI in Kathmandu, Nepal. Therefore, please do not reproduce or distribute it any form.
Students will navigate the course material via Moodle, an open source e-learning environment. Internet access is required for studying this course. This course is offered by donation and students will have access to this short course for four months from their date of registration.