Preparing the mind for tonglen

A talk on how to lay the foundation for the taking and giving (tonglen) practice, given at the Emaho Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 14, 2005.

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  • Developing equanimity

    • Overcoming the gross discriminating mind
    • Recognizing happiness and freedom from suffering for all
    • Cultivating compassion

    Preparing for Tonglen 01 (download)

    Developing love

    • Reflecting on the kindness of sentient beings
    • Seeing all beings as lovable

    Preparing for Tonglen 02 (download)

    Questions and answers: part one

    • Keeping up the hope
    • Managing our own integrity

    Preparing for Tonglen 03 (download)

    Questions and answers: part two

    • Understanding happiness
    • Defining compassion

    Preparing for Tonglen 04 (download)

    Questions and answers: part three

    • Dealing with the inner brat
    • Opening the self

    Preparing for Tonglen 05 (download)

    Venerable Thubten Chodron also led a short guided meditation at the same venue on how to still the critical mind.

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