The Vimalakirti Sutra: Vigor and Humor in Care

with Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison

Wednesdays, September 13th to December 13th, 2017 | 4:15pm-7:15pm
No class on November 22, 2017
Study – 4:15-5:45pm
Practice – 6:00-7:15pm

Program fee:
Audit: $950
Masters Credit: $1,400

What is the role of a Bodhisattva? What does it mean to care? What is the nature of suffering?

This beloved 2,000 year-old Buddhist masterpiece sets forth the meaning of non-duality, interdependence, emptiness and the importance of the Boddhisattva ideal of “saving all beings”. Vimalakirti was an ordinary layperson whose life and practice of serving others became a revered model for caregiving and liberation from suffering.

Using vivid narrative, we will see startling examples of maintaining equanimity in extreme situations. We will investigate the diversity of forms suffering can take and learn to cultivate discrimination, compassion and intuitive tolerance in our approach to helping others.

Using audacious humor and pliancy, this sutra also celebrates inclusiveness for non-monastic practitioners and the role of women in Buddhism. These were radical concepts in 100 CE and remain so today.

In-depth study, practice, and intimate dialogue will create a vibrant learning community as we investigate the contemporary wisdom of this extraordinary sutra, and understand how its application can enrich our lives and our care relationships.

54 Continuing Education Credits (CE’s) are available for Nurses and Social Workers