This is the basis of our study groups:
~Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
The Institute of World Culture
of Santa Barbara Presents*
The Bodhisattva Ideal
The Path of Service and Self-Trancedence
The ideal of the Bodhisattva is one of the most sublime and elevating conceptions of human capacity handed down to modern culture by the sages of antiquity. In this seminar, a panel of three speakers will explore the concept of the Bodhisattva from diverse viewpoints. This will include an introduction to the highly revered text of Mahayana Buddhism, The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicāryāvatāra), by the eighth-century Indian scholar Shantideva, first translated into English from the Tibetan in 1997. The forum will explore how this lofty conception has parallels in other philosophical and religious traditions and how the ideal has been depicted in monumental sculpture and painting as found in the Ajanta and Ellora caves, at Borobudur, in Tibetan tangkas and elsewhere. Finally, the speakers will explore the many ways in which the ideal is inspirational to diverse non-Buddhist seekers in the modern world. In what way does the Bodhisattva ideal provide salutary guidance in the re-education of thought, will, and feeling in everyday life?
Presenters: Jonathan Colbert, Kirk Gradin and Eva Moberg
Saturday, August 31st, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
United Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)
3766 El Cajon Blvd San Diego, CA 92105
Inquiries: (619) 990-0029 No charge for admission.
*The Institute of World Culture aims to promote and foster human
fellowship among all races, nations and cultures. The Institute
offers a congenial environment for the contemplation and
enjoyment of the rich heritage of human culture. Discovery of
this heritage includes a search for the promise and possibilities
of the civilization of the future. To promote its aims, the Institute
presents a variety of seminars and cultural events highlighting
classical and contemporary themes. It also sponsors discussion
groups on the sciences and philosophies, ethical and
psychological perspectives and the arts.