The Way of the Bodhisattva: Immersion

“Compassion, a sense of caring, thinking about others’ welfare.
That sort of attitude brings me inner peace.
It has defined the purpose of my life.”

— 14th Dalai Lama


Our three-part Immersion course invites you into an experiential exploration of The Way of the Bodhisattva, going beyond theories to provide practical instructions on how to live our life with a sense of purpose. Each course is filled with opportunities to learn from leading voices in the Buddhist world and to engage with a global community of meditators.


course dates

Starting September 1, 2021


who can take this course?

There are no prerequisites for this course. It is appropriate for meditators of all levels.



How do you imbue your life with a lasting sense of purpose? How do you make your daily activities meaningful? For over twelve hundred years, Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva has served as a manual for answering these questions. It shows us how to find a higher purpose that is based on an altruistic motivation and an ethical life. During the Immersion course, you will receive teachings in a variety of formats and from a range of perspectives, helping you access your true nature and be of service to yourself and others.



In this course, you will learn:

  • About the profound meditation practices contained in Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva.
  • How to infuse your life with practices of awareness, loving-kindness and compassion, and wisdom.
  • How to cultivate bodhichitta — the heartfelt commitment to help all beings awaken to their true nature — and imbue your life with this profound motivation.
  • Meditation techniques, such as the practice of tonglen, or sending and taking, that increase not only your own well-being, but also that of those around you.
  • About the Buddhist principle of emptiness and how this perspective can help transform our understanding of both ourselves and our world.



This course includes:

  • Pre-recorded talks from Mingyur Rinpoche that explore the major themes of this text and its practices
  • Live teachings with Mingyur Rinpoche, Khenpo Kunga, and Tergar guides that help unpack the text and its practices
  • Interviews with leading Buddhist voices from across traditions and lineages
  • Curated resources that help unpack the root text, bringing it to life in a relatable and experiential way
  • Guided meditations that follow the major themes of the text
  • Reflective exercises that help you explore the teachings and how they help in your everyday life

Please note: some materials will be restricted to qualified Nature of Mind participants



The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva
The Nectar of Manjushri’s Speech by Kunzang Pelden

What courses are included?

The Way of the Bodhisattva: Immersion — Course 1

This course demonstrates why The Way of the Bodhisattva came to be one of the most treasured texts of the Buddhist tradition. It focuses on giving rise to and strengthening bodhichitta, the heartfelt commitment to help all beings awaken, and includes techniques for cultivating mindfulness and introspection, all with the aim of making the practices relevant to your own life today.

The Way of the Bodhisattva: Immersion — Course 2

This course explores central themes of The Way of the Bodhisattva, such as patience, joyful effort, and meditative concentration. It is particularly dedicated to the application of wisdom in both your meditation practice and your daily life.

The Way of the Bodhisattva: Immersion — Course 3

This course focuses on the final chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva, which discusses the truth of emptiness and the wisdom in seeing things the way they actually are. Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings on this aspect of the text help shift our perspective of how we view ourselves and the world, going beyond the theoretical and honing in on the experiential.


course EXCERPT


The Alchemy of Compassion

Why is cultivating an altruistic motivation so important? Here, Mingyur Rinpoche explains that giving rise to bodhichitta is like alchemy — it can transform anything we do into a cause for lasting happiness and joy.




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