Curriculum for Study
Compiled by the 14th Shamarpa
Buddhist Conduct and Ethics
Buddhist conduct and ethics, grounded in mindfulness, form the basis of the path to awakening. They provide guidance in understanding which of our motives and actions are conducive to development on the path and which are not. Bodhi Path Centers teach conduct and ethics based on certain chapters of The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa, emphasizing the following topics:
- Chapter 1: Buddha Nature
- Chapter 2: The working basis for the spiritual path
- Chapter 3: The conditions required for spiritual progress
- Chapter 6: Karma and its result
- Chapters 9-11: Bodhicitta and the bodhisattva vow
- Chapters 12-17: The six transcendent qualities (paramitas)
Exploring the qualities of generosity, ethical conduct, patience, enthusiastic effort, meditative concentration and wisdom.
- Chapters 20-21: Buddhahood, the awakened state
Understanding Buddhahood as fruition, the state of awakening, and exploring a Buddha’s scope of action.
Understanding our birthright: the potential to awaken to the inherently enlightened nature of our mind.
Understanding the precious human existence which allows us to engage on the spiritual path to awakening.
Understanding the importance of the spiritual guide.
Understanding the 10 virtuous and non-virtuous actions.