New Dates- 6-9 June, 2013

4 day retreat on Shantideva's classic "Bodhicaryavatara" along with Sanskrit chanting workshop

led by Geshe Dorji Damdul and Raji Ramanan

4-day retreat on Shantideva's classic Bodhicaryavatara along with Sanskrit chanting workshop

led by Geshe Dorji Damdul and Raji Ramanan

Shantideva was an 8th-century Indian Buddhist master, a renowned scholar and adept at Nalanda University and an adherent of Prasangika Madhyamaka philosophy.

His classic text Bodhicaryavatara (The Way of the Bodhisattva) has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries, first in India and later in Tibet. It explains the Mahayana view and the methods to realize it. H.H. Dalai Lama has said, “If I have any understanding of compassion and the practice of the Bodhisattva path, it is entirely on the basis of this text that I possess it.” 

The English translation used for these teachings will be The Way of the Bodhisattva by the Padmakara Translation Group, published by Shambhala. 

The recommended reference book (available from our bookshop) is:
The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech: A Detailed Commentary on Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva by Kunzang Pelden (translated by the Padmakara Translation Group), published by Shambhala.



Since 2005, Geshe Dorji Damdul has served as the official translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama. In 2008, he was appointed as a visiting fellow at Delhi University to give lectures in three of the University's departments - Philosophy, Psychology, and Buddhist Studies. Presently, while continuing to translate for H.H. the Dalai Lama in India and abroad, he is also serving as the director of Tibet House, Cultural Center of H.H. the Dalai Lama, New Delhi. He gives lectures and leads philosophy classes and meditation retreats in Tibet House, Delhi University, Tibetan Youth Hostel and other venues. He also travels widely in India and abroad, to teach Buddhist philosophy and practice.

Sanskrit workshop leader Raji Ramanan has a deep interest in Sanskrit and translation. She is extensively involved in projects concerning Buddhism, Indian culture and social movements. Guiding students with great expertise and enthusiasm, she stresses the transformative experience of chanting with awareness of the meaning of each word.