May 26-30, 2013

Introduction to Shantideva’s "Bodhicaryavatara"

Khenpo Ngawang Woser


Introduction to Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara

With Khenpo Ngawang Woser

The classic Mahayana Buddhist text Bodhicaryavatara (‘The Way of the Bodhisattva’) by the 8th century scholar and adept Shantideva 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.'

Prior to His Holiness’ upcoming teachings on Bodhicaryavatara in Dharamsala, Deer Park is offering a five-day introduction to this classic text. During this course, Khenpo Ngawang Woser will present the essential meaning of the first eight of the ten chapters, offering valuable insight into the path of the bodhisattva.

Classes will meet from 2:30-5:00pm with a tea break in-between.


Khenpo Ngawang Woser was born in eastern Tibet in 1972. After becoming a monk at the age of 15, he left Tibet for India, in 1988. Khenpo began studying Buddhist philosophy, in 1998 he became a lecturer, and in 2000 became a Khenpo. From 1998 until 2001, he taught Buddhist philosophy at Dzongsar Institute in Bir. In 2004, he received another Khenpo degree from HH the Dalhi Lhama. The University of Vienna invited Khenpo to teach for two semesters in 2011, where he continues to be a visiting professor. Khenpo has been a resident teacher at the Deer Park Institute since 2011.

He especially appreciates the international students who are open minded and respect other religions and belief systems. Khenpo’s style is very engaging and challenges students to go deeper in their learning process.