Online Dharma Discussion

Our Current Topic

A Guide To The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva

Every Thursday Evening 6:00-6:30 PM via Zoom

Since we can’t meet at the Dharma Center during these difficult times, the South Carolina Dharma Group is having an online video chat on Zoom weekly on Thursdays from 6:00 to 6:30 PM (email for a link to join us). We’ve been focusing on different themes or texts—in the past, we’ve discussed the Six Perfections, the Eight Verses of Mind Training, and the Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas. We decide as a group what theme or text we will use.

SCDG does not currently have a teacher in residence, so this is a group of students, ranging from newcomers to senior students. Usually an email is sent the day before as a reminder, with the Zoom link and other information, and also some quotations from online commentaries, usually by such Gelugpa authors as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa, and Venerable Thubten Chodron, but also teachers from other traditions, along with links to the entire commentary so you can read more if you want.

Discussions begin by meditating on the breath for two minutes to calm and focus our minds, and close promptly at 6:30 PM. It’s fine to come late or leave early. Our comments in the discussions range from very scholarly details to personal anecdotes, and we are open to questions of all kinds, as long as they are related to the particular topic of the night. We have a moderator of sorts who opens and closes, but otherwise, this is an open discussion.

We try to be mindful of each other and to be sure that each person has a chance to participate as they want, but it’s fine to sit quietly if you want to get to know the group before speaking. It’s also fine to turn video on or off, and often we turn off audio when we’re not speaking to prevent background noise from interfering with the discussion.

We hope you’ll join us!