the path of wisdom
according to shantideva
by arne schelling

May 13 to 15

The Bodhicharyavatara ("Introduction to the Way of a Bodhisattva") is probably the best-known introductory text of the Mahayana path and an integral part of the curriculum of Tibetan monasteries. In this classic Mahayana text, the great Buddhist master Shantideva (8th century) explains the six paramitas, i.e. the six qualities that form the basis for a bodhisattva's actions.
The ninth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara is particularly famous because it explains the paramita of wisdom. In this chapter, Shantideva very succinctly describes the fundamentals of the philosophy of the Middle Way (Madhyamaka). In doing so, he explains the Buddhist understanding of the two levels (or truths) of reality: relative or conventional truth, that is, how things appear, and absolute truth, that is, how things really are - namely, beyond all concepts of existence and non-existence.
In this study program, we apply these philosophical foundations taught by Shantideva around 1300 years ago to the reality of our lives today, and to practically understand their timeless significance. We will consider what these ideas mean for our own perspective on life and for our spiritual path. H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama said about the Bodhicharyavatara that it is important to really study this text in order to develop ourselves spiritually, rather than just accumulate academic knowledge.



The activity can be followed in person (limited places) and online live, with access to the recording for 1 month after the teachings.

In the face-to-face format, when the places are finished in the main house, the participants can spend the night in the house or in the town, in a hotel or hostel. In the latter case, they can have lunch and dinner in the main house, but breakfast is outside the center.

Activity program


The program for people who participate in person will begin on Friday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. and will end on Sunday, May 15 at approximately 3:30 p.m.



Presentation session | Friday at 9:30 p.m.

Meditation session | Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 8 a.m.

Evening meditation session | Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Teaching session tomorrow | Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Teaching Session | Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Economic contribution

for participation  face -to-face:

Regular contribution €180; CV member contribution €131; solidarity contribution €210.

for participation  on-line:

Regular contribution €95; Casa Virupa member contribution €70; solidarity €108.


Biography Arne Schelling

Arne Schelling was born in Germany, where he practices western and Chinese medicine. In 1989 he began to study and practice intensively under the guidance of various Buddhist masters of all Tibetan traditions, especially guided by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyntse Rinpoche and Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche. Arne began to translate for Buddhist teachers from Tibetan and Zen tradicions in 1999. He also worked as a translator and editor for many books, including "Whats Makes You (Not) a Buddhist), "Not for Happiness", "Madhyamakavatara Commentary", etc. He has been translating sutras for the 84.000 project since 2011. In 20008, Dzonsar Khyentse Rinpoche appointed him as an instructor.