The Seven-Point Mind Transformation (Lojong) with Geshe Samdup

In our upcoming series of teachings, we will be studying The Seven-Point Mind Transformation (Lojong) which was written by Kadampa Geshe Chekhawa Yeshe Dorje in the 12th century in Tibet. 

Lojong is mind training or thought transformation practice. It is a practice of looking deep into our being in order to uncover the root of all our suffering and gradually undo the causes of our suffering by simply changing our mind. The main subject of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude toward ourselves, other sentient beings, as well as the events around us. Often we tend to cherish ourselves while neglecting the welfare of others. The mind training teachings challenge us to reverse this way of thinking in a way which allows us to experience happiness and inner peace. 

At the heart of the Seven-Point Mind Training lies the idea that the circumstances that life brings us, however difficult, are the raw material from which we create our own spiritual path and transformation. The central theme of the Seven-Point Mind Training is to make the liberating shift from the constricting solitude of self-centeredness to the warm kinship with others which occurs with the cultivation of cherishing others. This mind training is especially well-suited for those with a busy life. It helps us to reexamine our relationships—to family, friends, enemies, and strangers—and gradually transform our responses to whatever life throws our way. 

The Seven-Point Mind Transformation are:

  1. Explaining the preliminaries as a basis for the practice
  2. Training in the awakening mind
  3. Transforming adverse circumstances into the path to enlightenment
  4. The integrated practice of a single lifetime
  5. The measure of having trained the mind
  6. The commitments of mind training
  7. The precepts of mind training

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Heart Sutra Series

Starting on April 17th Geshe Thubten Samdup is giving a series of bi-weekly teachings on Heart Sutra. The Heart Sutra is the most widely known sutra of the Mahayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. It is part of the Prajnaparamita Sutras, which is a collection of about 40 sutras composed between 100 BCE and 500 CE. The Heart Sutra is a presentation of profound wisdom on the nature of emptiness. Here’s a brief outline of each session.

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Session 1: April 17, 2018 (Preliminary teaching )

  • Identifying the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra (Prajna-Paramita Sutra)
  • On the number of the volumes.
  • When did Buddha teach Prajna-Paramita sutra?
  • Why Prajna-Paramita sutra is so important?
  • The benefits and advantages of understanding emptiness.

Session 2: May 1, 2018 (Preliminary teaching cont.)

  • Disadvantages of not properly understanding emptiness.
  • Who is suitable to listen to the teachings on emptiness.
  • The varieties of Buddha’s words.
  • What is Perfection Wisdom?
  • How many commentaries are there for the Heart Sutra?

Session 3: June 5, 2018 (Main Teaching)

  • Translator’s Homage.
  • History or the introduction of the Sutra.
  • Engaging in Wisdom.
  • Definition of emptiness.

Session 4: June 19, 2018 (Main Teaching cont.)

  • Definition of emptiness – Part 1.

Session 5: July 3, 2018 (Main Teaching cont.)

  • Definition of emptiness – Part 2

Session 6: July 17, 2018 (Main Teaching cont.)

  • The object of Perfection Wisdom.
  • The attributes of the Wisdom.
  • The results of the Wisdom.
  • The Mantras of the Wisdom.

Session 7: July 31, 2018 (Teaching on Meditation)

  • Detailed explanations on how to meditate on emptiness:
  • Identifying the object of negation.

Session 8: August 14, 2018 (Teaching on Meditation cont.)

  • The history and evolution of Buddha’s teaching on emptiness – The Middle Way Approach ‘Madhyamaka’ – Part 1

Session 9: August 28, 2018 (Teaching on Meditation cont.)

  • The history and evolution of Buddha’s teaching on emptiness – The Middle Way Approach ‘Madhyamaka’ – Part 2

Session 10: September 11, 2018 (Teaching on Meditation cont.)

  • The Hashang approach and the Samye debate contrasting this with Madhyamaka – Part 1

Session 11: September 25, 2018 (Teaching on Meditation cont.)

  • The Hashang approach and the Samye debate contrasting this with Madhyamaka – Part 2

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