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The Institute of Buddhist Research: Forming Non secular Leaders

On a Tuesday afternoon on the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) in Berkeley, CA, Dr. Nancy Lin is main a dialogue in regards to the Bodhicaryāvatāra, Shantideva’s foundational eighth-century Buddhist textual content recognized in English as The Means of the Bodhisattva, Information to Bodhisattva Apply, and different translated titles. Beside Dr. Lin sits Amy Shoemaker, a Grasp of Divinity scholar in chaplaincy from El Cerrito, and Ven. Miaojie, a Buddhist nun from Taiwan additionally finding out chaplaincy at IBS. College students unable to attend in particular person have joined by way of Zoom, their faces projected and voices amplified by the newest expertise in distant studying. 

Class begins with care and a focus to the scholar’s psychological and psychological state, as Professor Lin checks in about midterm stress ranges. She listens deeply to every scholar and takes of their emotional expertise. Quickly, nonetheless, they transition right into a rigorous dialogue of the Bodhicaryāvatāra, protecting themes of mindfulness and attentiveness inside a framework of compassion and knowledge, together with the textual content’s literary qualities and place in historic and modern Buddhist traditions. This week, college students have been assigned a chapter from A Flash of Lightning within the Darkish of Evening, a commentary on Shantideva’s textual content by H. H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, along with the choices from the first textual content. In Lin’s class, it’s clear that college students examine Buddhism by each textual evaluation and embodied expertise and reflection.   

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