7:30pm Buddhas and Bodhisattvas: Their Noble Aspirations and Activities (Zoom)
May 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
Lecture by Anthony Bruno (Tenzin Chödrak)
Date: Monday, May 24
Time: 7:30pm PDT
Meeting ID: 938 0011 5621
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The fully awakened buddhas and tenth-bhūmi bodhisattvas are our foremost role models on the Mahayana Buddhist path, with its unsurpassed aim to achieve buddhahood and perform enlightened activities for the benefit of all sentient beings without any bias or exception. The sutras are rich with inspirational accounts about the noble aspirations and activities of the buddhas and bodhisattvas. For example, Buddha Shakyamuni (born as Prince Siddhārtha Gautama) is exalted as the white lotus because of his vow in a prior lifetime to achieve bodhi (enlightenment) and teach the Dharma in our world during this time when beings endure great suffering and destructive emotions.
Knowing what the sutras say about the buddhas and bodhisattvas can enhance our own mental attitude, aspirations, and practice. Drawing from various sutras, this lecture will summarize scriptural accounts about Buddha Shakyamuni, Buddha Amitābha, the Medicine Buddha, and the eight great bodhisattvas: Mañjushri, Avalokiteśvara, Vajrapāni, Maitreya, Khitigarbha, Ākāśagarbha, Sarvanivāranaviskambhin, and Samantabhadra.