Mind Training Like Rays of the Sun (2008-10)

An explanation of Nam-kha Pel’s commentary on the Seven-Point Mind Training given at Sravasti Abbey between September 2008 and July 2010.

Root Text

Mind Training Like Rays of the Sun by Nam-kha Pel published by The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives is available as an ebook on Google Play here.

Introduction to the text

The purpose and origin of the thought-training teachings. An introduction to the text and the beginning of the oral transmission.

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Benefits of mind training

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.

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The six preparatory practices

The six practices to do to prepare the body and mind and create a conducive environment for the first meditation session of the day.

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A statue of Maitreya Buddha with hands raised and laughing in the sun.

Lineage of mind training practices

Kevin Conlin discusses the "Eight Verses of Thought Transformation" and tonglen meditation

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A statue of Maitreya Buddha with hands raised and laughing in the sun.

Meditation on our precious human life

The benefits of meditating on the eight freedoms we have been given with our precious human life and how to structure a meditation session.

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Taking advantage of our precious human life

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.

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Rarity of a precious human life

Discussion regarding the rarity of creating the causes and conditions for a precious human life and why meditating on death and impermanence is vital.

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Introduction to the nine-point death meditation

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.

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Contemplating death

Contemplating death helps us establish healthy relationships with our friends, our possessions, and our body.

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Four-point contemplation of karma

The many types and purposes of preliminary or preparatory practices. Four points in the contemplation of karma and its consequences.

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