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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.

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