Chanting Workshop: Friday 20th May – Thursday 26th May
Friday 20th May – Thursday 26th May
The Extraordinary Aspiration of the Practice of Samantabhadra
In Sanskrit: Samantabhadracarya Pranidhana
This prayer is the culminating section of the Gandavyuha sutra. Gandavyuha sutra in turn is the last chapter of Avatamsaka sutra.
This sutra narrates the story of a young seeker, Sudhana who is searching for a spiritual guide . And thus begins the story of an individual’s philosophical quest which has been told with great wisdom and skillful means . Sudhana wants to learn the ways of a bodhisattva under Manjushri but Manjushri sends him to various teachers .The journey of Sudhana ends when he meets Samantabhadra who gives him the Extraordinary Aspiration prayer During his journey, Sudhana meets a number of spiritual guides who tell him of their own practice in the bodhisattva path . His quest takes him from one teacher to the other until he meets Samantabhadra who in reality is the quintessential bodhisattva. At the request of Sudhana Samantabhadra recites the " Extraordinary Aspiration " summarizing all the practices and views of a bodhisattva, the teachings of the fifty-two teachers.
Refuge slokas , Dedication verses from Bodhicharyavatara
The workshop will have the following Structures