Bodhisattva Program

Bodhisattva Program

The Bodhisattva Program is usually held from September through April (32 weeks)
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 and to this tradition and temple. Participants must have received the Five Buddhist Precepts prior to the start of the program. The Bodhisattva Program is held once per calendar year beginning in September.

"The moment one begins to aspire with their heart, instantly perfect enlightenment is attained."
Uisang of Silla, Song of Dharma Nature

Receiving the Bodhisattva Precepts means nourishing the ongoing intention to bring understanding and awakening to the center of our lives. Becoming a Bodhisattva means that we emphasize the dynamic nature of our awakening mind, our buddha-mind which adapts skillfully to whatever arises in daily life.

Students wishing 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 two consecutive periods of 16 weeks including prostrations, meditation, recitation, study, and journaling. Bodhisattva practice is together practice, so all students engaged in GRBT student programs will meet together monthly to practice together and reflect on dharma practice as it manifests in their daily lives. Together we develop insight through reflection and understanding arising from our study, meditation, and precept practice each nourishing one another so that it may begin to mature our spiritual practice, our character, and our wisdom which can be given for the benefit of all.

Study Content:

1) Ten Great Precepts
2) Six Paramitas
3) Four Foundations of Mindfulness
4) Becoming Bodhisattvas: A Guidebook for Compassionate Action, Pema Chodron, translation and commentary on Shantideva’s, The Way of the Bodhisattva.

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

1) Prostrations (3-36 prostrations)
2) 15-30 minute meditation
3) Three Refuges (recited or chanted)
4) Recitation
5) Journaling

Informal Practice:

1) Bodhisattva Kido (chanting) and or memorization


1) Attend Sunday services.
2) Attend monthly dharma student meetings (first Saturday of each month).
3) Participate in volunteer opportunities (at the temple or other organizations).


For Individuals: $240 for 32 week practice period which can be made in full at the beginning of practice period or in installments by the end of the 32 weeks. ($300 for Married Couples)

Tuition covers participation in all temple activities and classes with exception to retreats. Program participants will be able to attend retreats for reduced rates. 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.

Payment options:

  • Place your cash or check in the dana (donation) boxes at each entrance of the temple.
    Label the envelopes provided with your name and the class title if you want a record for year-end taxes.

  • OR mail a check with the class title on the memo line. Make your check payable and mail to:
    Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple
    451 Division Ave South
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503

  • OR Use PayPal by clicking one of the buttons below.