IDP COMMUNITY BODHISATTVA VOW
January 4th, 7-9pm
An Auspicious New Year Event
Throughout history, there have been humans in all times and places committed to cultivating wisdom and compassion. In the Buddhist tradition, such people are called “Bodhisattvas”; those who joyfully devote their life to a path of wisdom, contemplation, and ethics, with an intention to recognize the interdependence of all living creatures.
Today, there are many of us committed to orienting our actions of speech, thought, and behavior to not-harming, and to being of benefit to ourselves, each other, and the world. Sometimes this commitment feels impossible and we can get discouraged and disheartened. Taking a vow together can keep us connected to our efforts, by serving as a reminder that we are not alone in our endeavors, and that we have all the necessary tools and abilities to dispel greed, hatred, and ignorance to live in clarity and peace.
To Support Your Good Heart
The Interdependence Project is offering this Community Bodhisattva Vow to encourage and support each of our deep and sincere efforts. In this special New Year’s offering, we’ll learn and discuss the history of the Bodhisattva throughout the Buddhist traditions, review the qualities of a Bodhisattva via the paramittas and the eightfold path, explore the merit of taking a vow, and consider what it means to be a Bodhisattva in the 21st century.
Please note: IDP does not affiliate with a single Buddhist tradition, and participating in this event will not make you a Buddhist or commit you to any organization, lineage, or teacher. Further, no single individual is empowering or bestowing this vow -- instead, we are taking this vow together as a sangha, as a way to manifest our collective commitment to ourselves, each other, and the world.
If you’ve already taken the Bodhisatta Vow, this is an opportunity to refresh your commitment.
This evening will be led by Kimberly Brown and Mona Chopra, with others TBA. We’ll be guided by the great teacher Shantideva, through his Bodhisattvacharyavatara or “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life”, as translated by Stephen Batchelor.
$25 Supported: for Students, Seniors, and Unemployed
$35 Basic: admission for one
$45 Patron: admission for one + generosity for others with less means to attend
An offering must be made for this event and no scholarships are available. If you have limited financial means, please contact us to arrange to donate your time or other services.