In Buddhist practice and especially within Mahayana Vajrayana practice, the Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind are the basic foundation for providing a firm motivation for practice while pursuing the Buddha Dharma path. The Four Thoughts are simultaneously a set of study topics and a progression of discursive meditations used to motivate us to practice and to reinforce the intention to benefit all beings. They can be practiced as a basic meditation on their own or as a component of other practices. In Geshé Chekawa’s Seven Point Mind Training, they form a major part of the First Point which is “Train in the preliminaries.” Yet whatever your spiritual path, the Four Thoughts can be used as tools to help you pursue that path. In this class, we will examine and discuss each of these four topics to uncover their basic and deeper meaning and relevance for motivating us to practice.
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Location: Shrine Room
$15 Members, $20 Non-Members