Program Details

Lojong: Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness

with Jesse Miller & Susan Gluck
May 27 / 7:00 PM - July 1 / 9:00 PM

We live in complex relationships with other sentient beings. Often these relationships affect us emotionally. Lojong (literally, "mind training") practice is a way to transform deep-seated pattterns and bring compassion, clarity and peace into those relationships. This practice-oriented course explores the mahayana slogans of Atisha, a 10th Century Indian Buddhist master, whose teachings left a deep imprint on all Tibetan lineages. We will emphasize the contemplative practice of exchanging self for other -- tonglen -- in conjunction with the application of the slogans in day-to-day situations. The slogans show us the way to change obstacles in daily life into aids on the path of actualizing our full potential. Each class allows for open discussion of the challenges that meditators face in their practice. The classes include periods of guided meditation, talks and discussion among the participants.

Recommended Readings:

-Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness (2003) Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala Classics.
-Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (2001), Pema Chodron, Shambhala Classics.
-The Great Path of Awakening: The Classic Guide to Lojong, a Tibetan Buddhist Practice for Cultivating the Heart of Compassion (2005), Jamgon Kongtrul, Shambhala Classics

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