The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra

An Antidote for Turbulent Times:  The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra

A series of four teachings by Mitra Dean Karl Brunnhölzl

Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm PT


During times of great disruption it is easy to slip into destructive habits –  fear, denial, confusion, negativity, short temper or a sense of righteousness.  All these guests appear when we feel threatened. When we are locked in these strong emotions we cannot see that everything that appears has a single ground, Buddha nature.  We do not see that there are two paths, delusion and non-delusion, and two different results, samsara and nirvana.  We see only one, samsara. What is the antidote to our delusion? A “lullaby to awaken the heart,” as Mitra Dean Karl Brunnhölzl aptly describes The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra.  What better time to remind ourselves of its power than during this time of enormous change?

We are delighted to offer a series of teachings by Mitra Dean Karl based on his book A Lullaby to Awaken the Heart (2018). In these four teaching sessions, he will share the in-depth meaning and symbolism of each stanza of this powerful aspiration prayer. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Since each teaching will build on the previous session, you are encouraged to register for the entire series.  Each teaching will be recorded and will be available to registered participants between classes, if you miss a class or simply want to review.

Contact: Dianne Eberlein

Though not required for the class, A Lullaby to Awaken the Heart, is available through the Nalanda Store.

Mitra Karl was born in Munich, Germany, and originally trained as a physician before becoming a Buddhist translator and teacher. After completing five-years of training in Buddhist philosophy, he went on to receive Buddhist and Tibetan language training, as well as study Tibetology, Buddhology, and Sanskrit. In 1989, Karl began serving as a translator, interpreter, and Buddhist teacher in Europe, India, and Nepal. He is the author and translator of several Buddhist books, including The Center of the Sunlit Sky, The Heart Attack Sutra, and A Lullaby to Awaken the Heart.

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