Bodhisattva Program

Bodhisattva Program

The Bodhisattva Program is usually held once per calendar year over a 32-week period.
Meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month.
For the upcoming dates, please check the Calendar.

Receiving the Bodhisattva Precepts represents a deepening commitment to the cultivation of Buddhadharma, this tradition, and this temple. 

It means nourishing the ongoing intention to bring understanding and awakening to the center of our lives. Students who wish to follow the Bodhisattva path commit to observing the 10 Great Precepts and cultivating the Six Paramitas. To create good dharma habits, they commit to developing a regular daily practice for 32 weeks including prostrations, meditation, recitation, study, and journaling.

Study Content:

1) Ten Bodhisattva Precepts

2) Six Paramitas

3) Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Satipatthana Sutta)

4) Becoming Bodhisattvas: A Guidebook for Compassionate Action, Pema Chodron, translation and commentary on Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva

5) Optional Readings: Hsin Hsin Ming, Platform Sutra, Vimalakirti Sutra

6) Optional Recitations: Invocation of the Names of the Bodhisattvas and Homage to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Daily Practice (done at least once per day and at least five days per week):

1) Prostrations (27-108)

2) 20-30 minute meditation

3) Chanting: Three Refuges and The Heart Sutra

4) Journaling

5) Bodhisattva recitations and/or memorization


1) Attend Sunday Service

2) Attend monthly dharma student meetings (first Saturday of each month)

3) Participate as a Dharma Disciple

Prerequisite: Receipt of the Five Precepts is expected or with permission from the teacher. Please include your Dharma name and the year and name of the teacher or temple you received the precepts from with your application.

For more information, please email Rev. Kunga Nyima Drotos.

Bodhisattva Program fee:

For Individuals: $200 for 32-week practice period is due in full by the first meeting or in monthly installments via PayPal. Cash or checks are accepted, as well. If tuition is a barrier to participation, please speak with a Dharma Council member. No one is turned away from any of our activities for financial reasons.

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