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Nature of Bodhi Academy [2016-05-17 11:33]
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THREE-LEVEL CULTIVATION

Mutual Merit Class (Tong De)

Curriculum setting

Period 1(1 year)

Period 2(1 year)

Period 3(1 year)

【Curriculum】This class is based on Right Views, and centered onSamatha-Vipassana meditation.Students will establish the right views by learning and contemplating the sutras and the teachings; then practice the Samatha-Vipassanabased on the right views, eradicate the two-attachment and the two-obstacle, develop wisdom of emptiness, and achieve the ultimate Bodhicitta and thesupreme Buddhahood.

Period 1(1 year)

【LearningObjective】Understand the differences of the delusional minds, and the middle way of Vijbana-vada and the gradual path of Practicing Vijbana-vada.
【Content】Learn a series of Dharma talks on Śāstra on the Door to Understanding the Hundred Dharmas, theTriṃśikā-vijñaptimātratā and the “Perception and Existence”, understand the differences of the eight consciousness, understand the middle way of Vijbana-vada and the gradual path of Practicing Vijbana-vada. By practicing Zen meditation, convert the right views ofVijbana-vada into the right awareness and the right mindfulness.
【Requirement】Daily practice of Samatha-Vipassana Meditation, to convert Consciousness View into one’s own mindset.

Period 2(1 year)

【Learning Objective】Understand the right views and the gradual path of practicingPrajna Medium.
【Content】Learn the Heart Sutra, the Diamond Sutra, with learning materials covering “The Meditation of Heart Sutra”, “A Series of Dharma Talk on Diamond Sutra”, “Wisdom from Heart Sutra”. Understand the Right View of Prajñā-Mādhyamika System, contemplating and illuminating prajñā in
accordance with this Right View so as to attain the state of emptiness.
【Requirement】Daily practice of Samatha-Vipassana Meditation, toconvert the right views in Prajna Medium into one’s own mindset.

Period 3(1 year)

【Learning Objective】Understand the view and practice of Zen.
【Content】Learn the Satipatthana Sutra (the Four Foundations of Mindfulness) and thePlatform Sutra; the learning materials include “the Views and Practicesof the Platform Sutra”, “A Series of Dharma Talk on Platform Sutra”, and “On Platform Sutra”;Understand the views of Chan School and the way to see one’s true nature through Chan meditation.
【Requirement】To take the practice of Samatha-Vipassana Meditation as a regular course, andtransform views in Zen Buddhism into one’s own mindset.