The aim of Buddhist practice is to attain perfect enlightenment, Buddhahood. The purpose of Mind Training (Lojong) is to develop Bodhicitta, the Mind intent on attaining Buddhahood for the benefit of others. Without Bodhicitta, Buddhahood is not possible. In this context, there is Ultimate Bodhicitta arising from the experience of Emptiness through Shamatha and Special Insight Meditation and Relative Bodhicitta which is Compassion developed through practicing Sending and Taking (Tonglen).
In this class we will use the Eight Verses of Mind Training of Kadam Geshé Langri Tangpa, which are a very approachable set of verses which contain all the essential principles of Mind Training. This will be a practice-oriented study of the Eight Verses and the practice of Tong-Len as central components of Mind Training Practice. There will be a brief introduction to Mind Training and the Eight Verses and we will discuss their meaning with emphasis on the practice of Tong-Len and Calm-Abiding/Insight Meditation as components of Lo-jong. We will use a daily practice within which to provide personal continuity to this most essential practice.
Text: The Eight Verses of Mind Training of Kadam Geshé Langri Tangpa
Wednesdays, August 15 and 22
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $15 Sakya Monastery Members, $20 Non-Members