Developing the good heart

How to develop more compassion and love for others

This is an intermediate course and you are expected to be familar with Buddhist terms and concepts.

June 14 - 21    

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When we want beings in all directions to be happy, there arises in us the intention to love. This desire to love enters our feelings, perceptions, mental  formations, and consciousness; it becomes manifested in all our actions, speech, and other mental activities. Events that are neither mental nor physical arising after that are in accord with love and can in themselves be called love, as love is their root.These events determine our future actions, and they are directed by our will, which is now suffused with love. Will is the energy that drives our actions andspeech. The same is true with regard to the arising of compassion, joy, and equanimity.                                                 -- Nagarjuna

 

In Mahayana Buddhism the development of loving kindness and compassion is considered the source of all our happiness and good qualities. It is possible to develop unlimited love and compassion for ALL beings, but to do that we have to give up our focus on ourselves and instead focus on others. Compassion is the root of bodhichitta, the completely passionate dedication to freeing sentient beings from suffering, no matter what it takes. By appreciating the kindness of others and how we are indebted to them, we too can become a bodhisattva. We know we're not always compassionate, that we care much more about the well-being of certain people than about others, that we hardly know what it would mean to give without expecting anything in return.

What are the methods for training in loving kindness and bodhichitta? What are the practices of a bodhisattva? What is buddhahood and why would we want to achieve it? These topics and more will be examined in this course.

We have trouble recognizing our real nature, and that we have the potential of being  someone who constantly manifests unsurpassable intelligence, wisdom, compassion, and confidence.  Yet, as impossible as this sounds, we can achieve it. Meditating on love and compassion will empower the positive feeling we all have towards all beings, bringing them to the forefront of our hearts and minds and inspiring us to compassionate actions.This is an intermediate course and you are expected to be familar with Buddhist terms and concepts.

Course Leader

Emily Hsu is a graduate of the FPMT Masterprogram, a 7 year Buddhist Study Program. She teaches extensivly in FPMT center.

Course Date: June 14 - 21  2018

The course starts at 5.30 pm on June 14, and finishes at lunchtime on June 21. Checking in required  by 3 pm on June 14

Course Cost:120 US$

The course fee includes all meals, accommodation in dormitory and course material. There is an extra charge for accommodation other than dormitory.

All courses are residential with accommodation and food provided. Your daily schedule begins at 6.45 am and finishes at 9 pm with the evening meditation.

Participants are required to attend all sessions. Silence is kept from 10 pm till after lunch the next day to help to keep the mind focused on the course. Please note that attendance at all sessions is compulsory. Mobile phones and other internet conectable gadgets need to be checked in at the reception for the duration of the course.  Read more on Course Discipline here.  During your stay at Kopan, please follows our strict dress code. Check if you are dressed appropriatly for a monastic environment.

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Kopan Monastery
(Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa)

Kopan Monastery is affiliated with FPMT
(Foundation for the preservation of the Mahayana Tradition)