BP209 - The Theory and Practice of the Bodhisattva Ideal

The course will begin with a review in historical perspective of the antecedent teachings that led to the Mahāyāna version of the Bodhisattva ideal. This will be followed up with a discussion of the Thought of Enlightenment, the practice of pāramitas, the ten bhūmis as stages of spiritual perfection, and the centrality of the Bodhisattva ideal to the ethics and philosophy of Mahāyāna Buddhism.