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The Preliminaries and Bodhichitta Training
Points 1 and 2 “Lojong” is the Tibetan word usually translated as “mind training,” but I don’t find this translation terribly appropriate, because it seems to imply an exclusively intellectual activity to most people. “Lo” means “attitude” while “jong” means both “to cleanse”...
Commentary on “Seven Point Mind Training” – Dr. Berzin
Before Beginning Mahamudra Practice
Introduction I make heartfelt obeisance to the precious Kagyu line. Although manifestly enlightened countless ages ago, you have been emanating in whatever bodies have been suited for taming those needing to be tamed, so that even hearing your names eliminates the fears of...
Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance
Four Preparatory Thoughts for Tonglen: Giving & Taking
Background on the Text: Seven Point Mind Training We’re going to start the seminar with a very important and essential text that is found in all the Tibetan traditions from India, called Seven Point Mind Training, which I received teachings on primarily from two of my main...
The Two Bodhichittas in “Seven Point Mind Training” – Dr. Berzin
Mahamudra: General Presentation of Preliminaries
The Source of the Teachings Today many people have come, both Western and Tibetan, both laypersons and monastics, to listen to an explanation of mahamudra, the great seal of reality. For many of us, just hearing this word, "mahamudra," causes our ears to perk up. We think...
A Discourse on "Autocommentary to 'A Root Text for Mahamudra'" – The Dalai Lama
The Preparatory Practices for Mahamudra
The Gelug-Kagyu Tradition This is a topic, which we find in many different traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. It derives from India. Specifically, we’re looking at the tradition that’s found in the Gelug lineage, and it is known as the Gelug-Kagyu tradition of mahamudra, which...
Commentary on "Root Text for Mahamudra" – Dr. Berzin
Introduction and Mahamudra Preliminaries
Introductory Remarks Everyone wishes to be happy and not to suffer. Whether we are rich or poor, young or old, highly educated or illiterate, we all have this same hope and aspiration. A religious person uses spiritual means to attain this goal, while someone who does not...
Commentary on "A Root Text for Mahamudra" – The Dalai Lama
Karma Kagyu Mahamudra: Preparation
IntroductionMahamudra is a Sanskrit word and it means “the great seal,” and when we talk about a seal, we’re talking about these things that they used to have, where you dipped it in wax and then you made a stamp on something, and it guarantees the authenticity of a document...
Commentary on “Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance” – Dr. Berzin
Sweeping and Cleaning the Meditation Room
Introduction The six preparatory practices (jorcho, sbyor-chos) derive from Atisha, who learned them from his teacher in Indonesia, Serlingpa, and then transmitted them to Tibet. They are preparation for any meditation session that we do. We find them discussed in the standard...
The Six Preparatory Practices before Meditation
Starting a Meditation Session & Precious Human Rebirth
Reaffirming the Motivation We need to have a proper motivation for listening to the teachings; otherwise we will miss an opportunity to build up a great deal of positive force and to incorporate this teaching in our mental continuum. We try not to be motivated by wanting...
Commentary on “Mind Training Like the Rays of the Sun” – The Dalai Lama
Openly Admitting Previous Negative Acts
(1) To gain hold of that precious mind, I offer sincerely to you, the Thusly Gone (Buddhas), to the stainless Rare Gem of the hallowed Dharma, and to you, the offspring of the Buddhas, with oceans of good qualities: (2) Whatever flowers and fruits there are and whatever...
Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior