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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

Slogans 8-10

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

Slogans 19-22

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Note: Tillie Perks will be sitting out this series due to the demands of her graduate program.

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.
Tillie Perks was raised in a Buddhist community in Canada and has been a practitioner for over twenty years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in Buddhist studies, with a focus on the English poetry of Chögyam Trungpa. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist traditions at McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec. Her research is focused on Buddhism in the modern era. She works for the Chögyam Trungpa Transcription Project, which aims to transcribe all of Chögyam Trungpa's recorded audio and video materials and she is presently serving on the board of the Nalanda Foundation.

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