Sunday, 20 January 2019

Buddhist Library Mahayana Study Group

The Mahayana Buddhism Study group will gather to study topics and passages from well-known Buddhist scriptures and commentaries. Participants will be encouraged to do some reading in the lead-up to each meeting. Then we have a meditation, presentation on the topic, and a discussion group.  

Examples may include some readings from well-known Mahayana Sutras, including Lankavatara Sutra, Vimalakirti Sutra, and others.  Also texts such as the Buddha Nature Treatise, Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana and others will be drawn on. Sessions will concentrate on passage from one of these sources, rather than reading a large volume of material

The topics for consideration will be those associated with Mahayana Buddhism such as: prajnaparamita, bodhicitta, sunyata and the bodhisattva path. The focus will be mostly from East Asian traditions.

It won't be too academic or technical, but some study and reflection will be expected from attendees - readings will be posted online in advance of each session to allow time for preparation.