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Training the Mind
By Ken Hockett
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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.
Ken Hockett is one of the senior Dharma students at Sakya. After much reading and study, he took refuge before H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya in 1977. His principle interest is in the Mind Training methods and has been teaching these at Sakya Monastery for over 10 years. Having received teachings and initiations from Lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, his main teachers are of the Sakya and Nyingma traditions. He has also produced many of the practice texts used at Sakya Monastery.