This class—which is open to anyone, regardless of whether you’ve taken the previous class—is the second in a three-part series that explores 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 absolute bodhichitta, 2-6.
Part II now shifts focus to relative bodhicitta slogans, beginning with the practice of tonglen—sending and taking—and proceeding forward, unpacking the slogans one by one.
Prior to each class please read, at least once, the commentary from Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness, by Chogyam Trungpa, for the slogans covered in the class.
Class 1 Sending & Taking-I
February 14, 2021, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm EST
Slogan 7 and tonglen instruction
Class 2 Sending & Taking-II
February 21, 2021, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm EST
Class 3 Transforming Bad Circumstances-I
February 28, 2021, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm EST
Slogans 11 to 13
Class 4 Transforming Bad Circumstances-II
March 7, 2021, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm EST
Slogans 14 to 16
Class 5 The Five Strengths
March 14, 2021, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm EST
Slogans 17 and 18
Class 6 Evaluation of Mind Training
March 21, 2021, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm EST
Note: Tillie Perks will be sitting out this series due to the demands of her graduate program.