March 20, 2015
7:00 pm CDT - 9:00 pm CDT
Instructor: Mui Baltrunas
In this program we will review the Five Wisdom Buddhas, (Vairocana, Akshobhya, Amitabha, Ratnasambhava, and Amoghasiddhi), their consorts (feminine counterparts), and each of their Heavenly Abodes (called Pure Lands). Found in all Mahayana Buddhist traditions, the Five Wisdom Buddhas arise out of the mysticism of Central Asia and are often considered to be living beings that have a substantial existence. Like all other “Cosmic” or “Mystic” Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, they are archetypes of the traditional Mahayana Buddhist and Central Asian religious experience. Participants will come to understand the origins and significance of the Five Wisdom Buddhas in the context of Tibetan Buddhism; better understand how these archetypes manifest; and explore the psychological significance of these archetypes in daily life.
About the Instructor:
Dharma Master and Abbot, Dr. Mui Baltrunas. has been a practicing Buddhist for over forty years, including seven years as a Theravada Buddhist monk in Thailand during to 1970s. He was awarded a doctorate in Buddhist Studies before his return to the United States. After a period of study of Pure Land Buddhism he was ordained as a Dharma Teacher. He also studied Soto Zen for several years and underwent unsai tokudo (ordination as a senior monk) and daruma sen’I as a Soto Zen monk as well as Dharma transmission in Jodo and Tendai Schools of Japanese Buddhism and Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. He is the Spiritual and Executive Director of the Hongaku Jodo Compassionate Lotus and the Director of Buddhist Education for the Hongaku Institute of Buddhist Studies. He teaches in private, public, educational and not for profit settings.