Preparing the mind for tonglen

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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.

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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