Preliminaries for Sutra & Tantra: 18 Root Bodhisattva Vows with Geshe Zopa


Thu, 12 October, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


For practitioners with a solid foundation in the central tenets of Buddhism, tantra is a method to quickly and efficiently attain the state where they can be of maximum benefit to all beings – Buddhahood. Tantra is an advanced Mahayana practice for attaining enlightenment. It is practiced on the basis of a firm foundation in all the sutra practices, as included in the lam-rim graded path teachings. Click here for a digital copy of the text.

18 Root Bodhisattva Vows
Bodhicitta has two aspects – aspiring bodhicitta, which refers to the wish to attain bodhicitta, and engaging bodhicitta which refers to taking the Bodhisattva vows to engage in undertaking the six perfections. These root Bodhisattva vows form a strong foundation for any tantric practitioner’s thoughts, values and actions. Continuing this series of teachings on tantra, Geshe Tenzin Zopa-la helps us explore the importance of understanding and keeping our root Bodhisattva vows.

Given that in tantra the goal is the elimination of defilements and the attainment of enlightenment, the practitioner also commits to the pledges of the five Dhyani Buddhas (which represent the purified aggregates). These teachings provide a rare opportunity for the tantric practitioner to deepen their practice, insight and commitment to their pledges and vows.


Teacher: Geshe Tenzin Zopa is a very highly qualified teacher who teaches in English, transmitting the wisdom of Buddhism in an unmistaken and practical manner to a 21st century audience. For more information, see here.

Cost: General $15 / Member $13.50.
Please note that although the two Thursday series of teachings are separate and you can attend either or both, a light lunch is available by donation in between.