March 9 through June 15, 2008, following second and fourth Sunday evening meditations, KCC teachers gave a 15-20 minute talk on each of the main points of the Mind Training tradition; open discussion followed. The first session was an overview of the teachings led by Lama Michael Conklin. These sessions are intended as both a brief introduction for those who are unfamiliar with the Seven Points of Mind Training as well as a refresher and encouragement for those who actively apply these teachings.
The Seven Points of Mind Training (lojong in Tibetan) constitute a system for transforming our ordinary relationships with others and with ourselves into the ground for the cultivation of loving-kindness and insight. This Buddhist practice was initially brought to Tibet in the 11th century by the great Indian Dharma master, Atisha. Since then all the Tibetan schools have come to treasure it.
This system of training includes instruction on both ultimate and relative bodhicitta practices. We review the seven points and focus on selected aphorisms to elucidate the practices and principles of this meditation system. Lojong practice is easy to approach, even for the novice, and is well-suited for application in the ordinary circumstances of contemporary life.
Students may wish to read one or more of the excellent translations of and commentaries on the Seven Points of Mind Training teachings listed below. Many of these are available in the KCC bookstore. If you prefer to order books online, please use the links in the sidebar; the vendors contribute to KCC with no additional cost to you.
Buddhism with an Attitude by B. Alan Wallace
A Passage from Solitude by B. Alan Wallace
Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Enlightened Courage by HH Dilgo Kyentse
Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron
The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche.
Mind Training by Ringu Tulku
Benevolent Mind; A manual in Mind Training By Traleg Rinpoche
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Silent meditation/mantra periods have been edited to five minutes. Please feel free to extend these periods.
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There is no recording for Point Four—A Synthesis of Practice for One Life, led by Julia King Tamang, May 11.