The purpose and origin of the thought-training teachings. An introduction to the text and the beginning of the oral transmission.
Series: Mind Training Like Rays of the Sun (Teachings 2008-10)
Venerable Chodron explains Nam-kha Pel’s commentary on the Seven-Point Mind Training, which incorporates the strategies of thought training, or lojong, into the teachings of the gradual path, or lamrim. Teachings given at Sravasti Abbey between September 2008 and July 2010.
The history and lineage of the thought training teachings.
Self-centeredness is the root of all problems and conflicts. It is our true enemy, not other beings. We can transform our circumstances through mind training.
The six practices to do to prepare the body and mind and create a conducive environment for the first meditation session of the day.
Kevin Conlin discusses the “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation” and tonglen meditation
The benefits of meditating on the eight freedoms we have been given with our precious human life and how to structure a meditation session.
Meditating on the 10 advantages of a precious human life can lift us out of our depression and self-pity. Explores the essence of Dharma practice.
Discussion regarding the rarity of creating the causes and conditions for a precious human life and why meditating on death and impermanence is vital.
An introduction to the nine-point death meditation. Two sets of three points are covered in depth, regarding the inevitability and uncertainty of time of death.
Contemplating death helps us establish healthy relationships with our friends, our possessions, and our body.