Term 3, July 2017 ( date tbc)
Tuesdays, 7 to 9pm.
‘The Seven Points of Mind Training’ belongs to the category of teachings known as lojong. The essential meaning of the term lojong is ‘training or transforming the mind’. The lojong teachings help us to deepen our practice of bodhichitta and also show us how to bring bodhichitta into everyday life in a very practical and direct way.
The lojong teachings were introduced into Tibet by the great Indian master of compassion, Atisha Dipamkara (982–1054).
Initially these teachings were very secret. They were passed down orally and with tremendous care, and those who received them practiced them with great dedication. It took over 100 years before the teachings were organized into Seven Points by Geshe Chekawa Yeshe Dorje (1102–1176) and became more widely known in the form of the 59 slogans that we have today.
These slogans are a very practical means for effecting self-transformation in the midst of ordinary life. Sogyal Rinpoche said that they are just what students need to help them face and navigate the challenges of daily life, because they can serve as a strong personal reminder of the teachings at the moments when we most need them.