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All community classes are free and open to the public (donations are welcome). Most classes require online registration.

Fall 2023-Spring 2024 Class List

Shurangama Mantra Review
Bhikshuni Heng Chih
Tuesday 4:15-5:45pm
[Class Registration]
For spring semester, we will begin the Fifty Assembly of the Shurangama Mantra. We will look at the Qing dynasty text by Master Xu-fa, and then exploring in detail Venerable Master Hua’s verse and prose commentaries on each set of syllables. Questions and comments from participants are welcome as we learn the meaning and functions of the mantra syllables, define technical terms, consider the content of relevant Buddhist lists, and share pertinent experiences in practice.

Class resumes January 23, 2024

Buddhism for the Modern Mind
Douglas Powers
Update: Wed 6:00-7:30 PM
[Class Registration]
In the spring semester, we will study Observing the Mind, Awakening From a Dream.
[Update] Class will be in-person at the Guest Building/old DRBU Building (Conference Room) at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Class will also be available online.Class resumes January 17, 2024
Canonical Text Translation: Avatamsaka Sutra
Bhikshu Heng Sure
Mon 1:00-2:45 PM
[Class Registration]
Ongoing translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra project. Everyone is welcome to attend and translate together as a group. The class will focus on translation from Buddhist Chinese into English, with consideration of Sanskrit meanings when available. We will investigate precedents set by historical translators and integrate contemporary perspectives, including a variety of texts and commentaries, as we continue to refine our translation of the Sutra.
Avatamsaka Sutra, Chapter 9, Light Enlightenment
Dr. Martin Verhoeven
Friday 7:30-9:00PM
Berkeley Buddhist Monastery
[Live stream on Youtube]
The Avatamsaka Sutra, or Flower Ornament Sutra describes a cosmos of infinite realms upon realms, mutually containing one another. The text touches on various topics such as the Bodhisattva path, the interpenetration of phenomena (dharmas), the visionary powers of meditation and the equality of things in emptiness.
Class is both in person and online at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery.
In the spring, we will finish with chapter 9 and will start chapter 10: Bodhisattvas Ask for Clarification.

Winter Break – Class will resume on January 26 or February 2, 2024–TBD