Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha: Session II

Session II - 'Refuge & Bodhichitta'
based on 'The Precious Vase" chapters 3 & 4

Welcome to the second unit of this course, studying "The Precious Vase" together as a "Santi Maha Sangha."

Our aim is to make this complex material clear to new people, to give support to those preparing for the Base exam, and to provide opportunity for in-depth study to experienced practitioners.

It's highly recommended that those new to this study begin with Session I of this course before embarking on Session II. Session I covers Chapters 1 & 2 of "The Precious Vase," providing a foundation to study the material of this course.

Through studying and practicing together, may we grow in understanding, enriching ourselves and others!

SCHEDULE

Mon., Nov. 23, 2015 7:00pm-9:00pm Class 1
Mon., Nov. 30, 2015 7:00pm-9:00pm Class 2
Mon., Dec. 7, 2015 7:00pm-9:00pm Class 3
Sun., Dec. 13, 2015 9:30am-5:00pm Class 4 & 5
Mon., Dec. 14, 2015 7:00pm-9:00pm Class 6 & Celebratory Exams!

*Monday classes began with answers to emailed questions, followed by a talk, then discussion of new material.

Taking this Course Remotely: MP3 recordings

Rinpoche had directed us to present this course as live sessions which were recorded and available for replay (during duration of the course), for those who couldn't attend in person.

MP 3 Recordings of Classes
Are no longer available for download

Oral Exam - Take the Exam Remotely

Resources & Course Materials

Topics of Study Practices
Taking Refuge(Refuge)
Cultivating Bodhicitta4 Immeasurables
The 6 Paramitas, part 1: Generosity, Morality, Patience, Perserverance(6 Paramitas)
The 6 Paramitas, part 2: MeditationPractices for Meditative Stability
The 6 Paramitas, part 3: Prajna-Lack of "Self" Nature
-Lack of Nature of Phenomena: 4 Applications of Presence

Outline of subjects in "The Precious Vase" for Session II, with pages and Base practices referenced.

Session II Subject Matter

Supplementary Readings

Supplementary Readings by ChNN

The Precious Vase contains a vast amount of information, and one may rely on it alone to study the Base. For people who want clarification or to go deeper into particular topics, there are additional texts available.

Further Resources

Additional secondary sources related to this study.

The Santi Maha Sangha - Course Participants

Angela M.
Angela M.
(M'loa, HI)
Anne S.
Anne S.
(Charleston, SC)
Caroline H.
Caroline H.
(Conway, MA)
Cheryl K.
Cheryl K.
(Summerland Key, FL)
David D.
David D.
(Baton Rouge, LA)
Dhyana E.
Dhyana E.
(Boulder, CO)
Joel B.
Joel B.
(Fullerton, CA)
Julia M.
Julia M.
(NYC, NY)
Kathleen, F.
Kathleen, F.
(Buckland, MA)
Keith K.
Keith K.
(Peabody, MA)
Lynn N.
Lynn N.
(Northampton, MA)
Marilyn M.
Marilyn M.
(Conway, MA)
Matt J.
Matt J.
(Louisville, CO)
Nancy P.
Nancy P.
(Easthampton, MA)
Shane C.
Shane C.
(Boston, MA)
Tizia O.
Tizia O.
(Taos, NM)
Travis R.
Travis R.
(Port Angeles, WA)
Allen W.
Allen W.
(Northampton, MA)
Andres H.
Andres H.
(Albany, NY)
Catherine L.
Catherine L.
(New Orleans, LA)
Daphne D.
Daphne D.
(San Ysidro, CA)
Diane S.
Diane S.
(South Deerfield, MA)
Eva S.
Eva S.
(Malmo, SWE)
Fran H.
Fran H.
(NY, NY)
Gerard M.
Gerard M.
(Belchertown, MA)
Harold G.
Harold G.
(Shelburne Falls, MA)
Jeremy
Jeremy
(Conway, MA)
Kathy S.
Kathy S.
(Brooklyn, NY)
Lisa Y.
Lisa Y.
(Plainville, CT)
Marit C.
Marit C.
(Conway, MA)
Michael S.
Michael S.
(Richmond, IN)
Robert O.
Robert O.
(Pagosa Springs, CO)
Robert T.
Robert T.
(Napa, CA)