Lojong, which can be translated as “mind training” or “thought transformation,” are techniques and practices emphasized by the Kadampa masters of Tibet. Because they believed in taking the Buddha’s teachings as personal instruction, they developed these practices especially to strengthen our courageous mind of bodhicitta and destroy our selfishness.
June 1 – 4, 2017
What will be covered?
In this weekend course, the fundamental ideas from a classic lojong text, the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation by Langri Tangpa, will be presented. The course will also include instruction in tong-len meditation (giving and taking). The course will also emphasize using the thought transformation teachings in one’s daily life, especially to transform hardships and adversities into the path to awakening. This is the perfect series for people trying to figure out how to integrate the Buddhist teachings with everyday life in this fast-paced early 21st Century. The answer lies in teachings like this!
H.H. The Dalai Lama, who is said to practice tong-len every day, has said of the technique: “Whether this meditation really helps others or not, it gives me peace of mind. Then I can be more effective, and the benefit is immense”.
These sessions will include instruction, discussion, and guided meditation. It is helpful if students have received some basic Buddhist teachings, especially on the lamrim, or Stages of the Path, prior to attending this course.
- Gaining an experience of the nature and meaning of the mandala as a vision of totality
- Recognizing the non-dual relationship between form and emptiness
- Bringing the relationship to the process of the retreats to a sense of completion both individually and as a group working together
- Looking at ways to carry practice out into the work or life
- Learning how to bring together the conditions for personal retreat
- Exploring where personal practice may need to go from here
Who is it For?
It is helpful if students have received some basic Buddhist teachings, especially on the lamrim, or Stages of the Path, prior to attending this course.
- Please plan on arriving between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on the first day of the retreat
- Please plan on departing approximately 2:00 PM on the last day of the retreat
- Consider reviewing our accommodations
- For more detailed information, please see our FAQ
If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.