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Exploring Buddhism: Exploring Mind Training part II Bodhisattva Vows

Exploring Buddhism: Exploring Mind Training, part II: The Bodhisattva Vows

~ a self-study module of the Exploring Buddhism course ~


If you are planning to, or have the aspiration to, take Bodhisattva Vows in the near or distant future, this class will be incredibly beneficial to you! 

To progress on the path to enlightenment the motivation of bodhicitta alone is not enough; we need to learn especially how to keep the bodhisattva vows well, and an invesigation into them is beneficial whether one has formally taken them or not. 

In this module, we will discuss the importance of vows, their purpose and benefit, and how to take and renew them. We will then proceed to examine the elements involved in avoiding each of the eighteen root downfalls as well as the forty-six secondary transgressions, coming to appreciate how living in the bodhisattva vows provides a unique guide for engaging in the six perfections of a bodhisattva in daily life.


EB: Exploring Mind Training, part II: The Bodhisattva Vows is being offered as a semi-structured, self-study course via this format:

  • Sept - Dec 2022 -- timeframe in which this self-study module is designed to be completed 

  • Prior to Nov 10, 2022 -- registered students view pre-recorded teachings, sessions 1 - 4 (approx 90 mins each)

  • Thurs Nov 10, 2022, 7-8:30pm -- live Zoom session with Gen Don Handrick to include a brief review and Q&A

  • Prior to Dec 8, 2022 -- registered students view pre-recorded teachings, sessions 5 - 8 (approx 90 mins each)

  • Thurs Dec 8, 2022, 7-8:30pm -- live Zoom session with Gen Don Handrick to include a brief review and Q&A

Sorry, registration for this module is closed.

Click HERE to preview the syllabus for Exploring Mind Training, part II: The Bodhisattva Vows.

Exploring Buddhism is a new program  currently being developed by FPMT to serve as a bridge between Discovering Buddhism and The Basic Program. It is designed to help students of Buddhism delve more deeply into a broad array of topics that form a solid foundation for furthering one’s study and practice.  The program will initially be run as a pilot program in FPMT centers to further test and refine the curriculum.

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Instructor for this module: Gen Don Handrick


Gen Don Handrick is a touring teacher for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), sharing the Dharma with centers and study groups in North America and other parts of the world, both in-person and online.

Don's study of Buddhism began in 1993 after reading The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. Over the next two years he practiced with Sogyal Rinpoche's organization, until he began attending classes in 1996 with Venerable Robina Courtin at Tse Chen Ling in San Francisco.

Don left the Bay Area in 1998 to attend the FPMT's Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, a seven-year residential study program conducted at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Tuscany, Italy, and taught by the scholar and kind Spiritual Friend, Geshe Jampa Gyatso. He successfully completed all five subjects of this program in 2004, receiving an FPMT final certificate with high honors.

Students appreciate his humble, compassionate demeanor and his capacity to explain profound ideas with precision, contemporary examples and humor.


This program is offered jointly by: