Teachings on “Taming the Mind”

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A series of talks based on Taming the Mind given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day from March 2009 to December 2011.

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  • Mind is the creator of experience (March 15, 2009)

    • How mind creates our experience through our attitude and our karma
    • How the way we describe a situation to ourselves determines our experience
    • How what we think about things influences how we behave, which influences how others react to us
    • How karma links our actions to the situation in which we find ourselves

    Teaching by Venerable Thubten Chodron (download)

    The Four Noble Truths (April 19, 2009)

    • The importance of the Four Noble Truths
    • The significance of the order of the Four Noble Truths
    • How understanding the truth of suffering prepares us for study and practice of the other three truths

    Teaching by Venerable Thubten Tarpa (download)

    The Noble Eightfold Path (May 31, 2009)

    • The fourth noble truth, the path to cessation, in terms of the Noble Eightfold Path
    • How the Noble Eightfold Path is organized under the three higher trainings
    • Practices related to each of the eight limbs

    Teaching by Venerable Thubten Semkye (download)

    Precious human life (June 14, 2009)

    • Meaning, purpose and rarity of the freedoms and fortunes of a precious human life
    • Ways to contemplate precious human life

    Teaching by Venerable Thubten Chodron (download)

    Death (July 19, 2009)

    • Preparing for the future by remembering death and rebirth
    • How thinking about death can make our lives more meaningful
    • How Dharma practice can help us at the time of death

    Teaching by Venerable Thubten Chonyi (download)

    Karma and the wish for freedom (August 30, 2009)

    • Explanation of karma
    • How we are creating karma all the time
    • Ten virtues according to the Pali Canon
    • How to benefit ourselves and others by developing the ten virtues

    Teaching by Venerable Thubten Chodron (download)

    The altruistic intention (September 13, 2009)

    • Developing bodhicitta
    • Practices to cultivate a sense of equanimity
    • The seven-point cause and effect method for developing the altruistic intention

    Teaching by Venerable Thubten Tarpa (download)

    Far-reaching attitude of generosity (October 18, 2009)

    • Exploration of Nagarjuna and the practice of generosity
    • The importance of the mental attitude during the act of giving
    • How small acts of giving can be transformed into a spiritual activity

    Teaching by Venerable Thubten Chodron (download)

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