Training the Mind - Ken Hockett
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The purpose of mind training (lojong) is to develop bodhicitta, the mind intent on attaining Buddhahood for the benefit of others. Without bodhicitta, Buddhahood is not possible and, for those intent on following the Bodhisattva path, the practice of training the mind is essential. The Eight Verses of Mind Training of Langri Tangpa are a very approachable set of aphorisms in verse form which contain the essentials of mind training. This practice-oriented class will be based on the Eight Verses and the Four immeasurable qualities together with the central practice of Tonglen as part of daily mind training practice. There will be a brief introduction to mind training and we will discuss the Eight Verses and their meaning with primary emphasis on the practice of Tonglen. We will discuss a daily framework within which to provide personal continuity to this most essential practice.
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