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Lojong: Training the Mind (Westside)
with Sheryl Beard & John Beard
January 17 / 7:30 PM - February 14 / 9:30 PM
Introduced by the great 11th century master, Atisha, the practice of Lojong teaches us to bring both fortunate and adverse circumstances to the path, transforming all of life's experiences into an opportunity for discovery and growth. The mind training slogans are powerful meditation tools which cultivate compassion and wisdom and turn our minds toward awakening.
Lojong (literally, "mind training") cultivates realization in emptiness and compassion, the essential qualities of the bodhisattva warrior. The contemplative practice of exchanging self for other – tonglen - is emphasized in conjunction with the day-to-day application of the slogans. The course readings are from the books The Great Path of Awakening, by Jamgon Kongtrul, and Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness, by Chögyam Trungpa.
Prerequisites: Karma and the 12 Nidanas.
NOTE: The program will not go forward unless we have at least 10 registrations with deposit by Monday, January 14th, 2013. If you register and the program is canceled, you'll be contacted by a Shambhala Education representative.
Sheryl Beard has been a Dharma practitioner for over 30 years, first with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and then Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She is retired from a career in public education in which she taught high school AP Spanish and served as mentor teacher and beginning teacher support provider. She is married with two adult children and two grandchildren.
David Dubin, MD is a former Emergency Room physician and clinical professor of outpatient medicine at Boston University. He is a long-time student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and is a senior teacher of Shambhala Buddhist meditation. His medical practice is exclusively limited to neurofeedback. Dr. Dubin has offices at the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine in Santa Monica and in Beverly Hills.
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