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Change Your Mind: The Daily Practice of Thought Transformation

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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.


Dates

June 1 – 4, 2017

Level

All Levels

Silence Level

Partial


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.

Learning Objectives
  • 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.

Additional Information

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.


  • 1 June 2017 to 4 June 2017

Already Registered? Prepare for your Group Retreat Want to offer Service? Volunteer to be Course Liaison

Teacher Bio

Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi

Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi became interested in meditation after reading Be Here Now and Autobiography of a Yogi in the early 1970s. For the next 20 years, she describes her spiritual path as meandering and haphazard that included several dead ends. In early 1991, she she bought a one-way ticket to India with the intention of meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In late 1991, she became co-director of Vajrapani Institute in California. In 1995, she began working at FPMT International Office, first as co-director and then later as center services coordinator. In early 2000, Venerable Tenzin began a long, solitary retreat that lasted 6½ years. She decided to become ordained in the third year of her long retreat and left retreat for a quick trip to India in 2004 for novice ordination with His Holiness. Since 2008, she has been teaching at various centers worldwide. Most recently, she was the resident teacher at Gendun Drugpa center in Canada and is now resident teacher at Vajrapani Institute.

Pay-It-Forward:

There are no fees for this retreat.

That’s right. No fees. The retreat is offered to anyone who participates. It’s an experiment we started at 2012’s Kopan West- Lam Rim retreat in the spirit of making the dharma freely available to all.

If it is being offered, who pays for my retreat?

Your retreat has been sponsored by someone who came before you and by past benefactors. Because it’s a gift, you can’t pay them back – but you can pay-it-forward by making a contribution that will allow future retreatants to experience the same generosity.

How does this donation system work?

At the end of the retreat, you will have the opportunity to make a donation based on what feels right in your heart. 100% of the proceeds will go towards supporting future retreatants to keep the generosity going. No pressure or questions asked. Let your heart decide what you would like to offer.

Is there a deposit?

A $150 deposit is required to reserve a space. Your deposit will be refunded as long as you attend the retreat. No refunds for cancellations.

How do I choose the accommodation?

Once you start the registration process, you’ll see details of the accommodation that are available from camping to dorm to private rooms. All accommodation is made available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Is partial attendance allowed? 

In order to provide the most conducive conditions for retreat, we hold full time, residential retreats only.  This allows the group energy to build and minimizes distractions, so you can gain the full benefit of retreat.  See our retreat philosophy and FAQ for more information. Some exceptions can be made for special circumstances and will need the approval of the teacher and our Community Relations Coordinator (CRC) before the retreat begins. Please contact our office at office@vajrapani.org.