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This course is the third and final in a three-part series exploring the lojong or mind training practice of Mahayana Buddhism, as presented in the Indo-Tibetan tradition. It is a path of putting others before oneself. Bodhichitta, awakened heart, is a quality we all possess innately. It has two aspects:

  • absolute bodhichitta, the fundamental principle of awakened heart/mind as it exists in us, regardless of immediate circumstances; and
  • relative bodhichitta, a quality of our mental state and actions that arises in the moment.

The first we come to understand through contemplative practice; the second we cultivate in our interactions in the world. Part I of this course covered the slogans associated with Points 1 and 2 of the seven points, with emphasis on absolute bodhichitta, in slogans 2-6. Part II focused on the relative bodhichitta slogans in Points 3, 4, and 5, beginning with the practice of tonglen, sending and taking, and proceeding forward unpacking the slogans associated with the paramitas of patience, exertion, and meditation.

In Part III, we will go through one-by-one the slogans in Points 6 & 7, associated with prajna and postmeditation, devoting 3 classes to prajna and 3 to postmeditation—finishing the text.

Prior to each class please read, at least once, the commentary on the slogans covered in the class.

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Learn About Part One

Syllabus for Part Three

Class 1 Prajnaparamita-I

May 2, 2021, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Eastern time

Slogans 23 to 27

Class 2 Prajnaparamita-II

May 9, 2021, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Eastern time

Slogans 28 to 32

Class 3 Prajnaparamita-III

May 16, 2021, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Eastern time

Slogans 33 to 38

Class 4 Postmeditation-I

May 23, 2021, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Eastern time

Slogans 39 to 44

Class 5 Postmeditation-II

May 30, 2021, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Eastern time

Slogans 45 to 51

Class 6 Postmeditation-III

June 6, 2021, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Eastern time

Slogans 52 to 59!

 

 

About the Instructors

Barry Boyce began practicing and studying with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973. He was longtime senior editor with the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma magazines. He is editor-in-chief of Mindful, editor of The Mindfulness Revolution, and co-author of The Rules of Victory, a commentary on Sun Tzu’s Art of War. He has taught many dharma and Shambhala programs and, in recent years, much of his study and teaching has been focused on the Sadhana of Mahamudra.
Daniel Nguyen chanced upon Chögyam Trungpa’s work Transcending Madness in high school. Although he never quite fathomed its meaning, he was nevertheless hooked by the power of those teachings. It eventually led him to study Theravada Buddhism with True North Insight, as well as to explore Shambhala Training. Since 2013, he has been involved with the Profound Treasury Retreats led by Judy Lief, and that has become his main practice community. He resides in Montreal and works as a primary care physician, where he is privileged to be reminded of the realities of birth, old age, sickness and death.

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