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A six-class series by Bart Mendel starting September 9, 2018. Participate in the live, interactive broadcasts on Sunday evenings or watch the recorded videos anytime.
If you select an "Offer what you can" ticket, please go to the Stages of the Path: Series 2 offering page to make an offering. Your generosity will support Bart's and Bodhi Path's work to engage more people in the dharma.
One of the most important teachings of the Buddha is dependent arising: not understanding this is considered the root of samsara.
The teachings on karma are detailed instructions on how volitional actions cause results. Understanding this is the “Right View” that forms the basis for our practice of Dharma. Through Right View, we improve our understanding of the world and manifest this in our daily lives through beneficial conduct. These in turn inform our meditation practice.
Over six Sunday evenings, Bart will guide us to an understanding of the Buddha’s teachings on karma and dependent arising. Students who participate in the live teachings are able to join in the interactive discussions, but all classes are video recorded so everyone regardless of location, schedule or time zone can attend the entire series by registering for the class.
All interactive online classes broadcast live from 7:00 to 8:30 PM Pacific Time. Our intention is to make the video recordings available online the next day.
Class 1, September 9: Dependent Arising
Class 2, September 16: Unwholesome and Wholesome Actions
Class 3, September 23: How Karma Works
Class 4, September 30: Laws of Karma
Class 5, October 7: Reincarnation
Class 6, October 14: Dependent Arising and Emptiness
Bart has been a Buddhist practitioner and teacher for over 40 years and has taught extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe. From years of mixing the dharma with an endless stampede of worldly challenges, Bart's teaching style has evolved into a natural blend of eloquence, insight and humor.
Immediately upon meeting his first teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1976, Bart embarked on an intense path of practice and study. Through accomplishment of numerous solitary and group retreats, Bart has spent over two years in retreat practicing the various teachings and empowerments he received from Trungpa Rinpoche. Bart served as Resident Director of Shambhala Training in both Austin, TX and Halifax, Canada where he resided from 1986-1995.
Bart became a student of the 14th Shamarpa in 1995 and two years later, he and his wife Suzan Garner accepted Shamarpa's invitation to establish a Bodhi Path Center in Santa Barbara where Bart served as resident teacher for ten years. Bart and Suzan are Directors of Dharmakaya, Inc., Siddhartha Foundation International and Mahamati Foundation International, and recently launched the Mindworks nonprofit (mindworks.org) to make the wonders of meditation accessible to anyone, anytime, anywhere.
More About the Stages of the Path Series
In our busy life, it is difficult to find time to study and practice. Methodical study of the dharma is an ideal way to overcome this obstacle, which brings many blessings to our practice. With study comes understanding, which kindles our insight, connects us deeply with our own inherent wealth of qualities, and inspires us forward on our journey of discovery.
This class is part of a series intended to be a thorough presentation of the Stages on the Path to Enlightenment, called lam rim in Tibetan. Lam rim is a traditional and practical way of presenting the essential points of sutra practice in their logical order which provides the greatest benefit for study and practice.