Thu, 19 October, 2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Transforming our minds to reveal our natural compassion
Buddhist Perspectives, long a feature of our programme, provides the opportunity to explore key texts and commentaries from the rich Tibetan and Nalanda traditions in more extensive way. We are extremely fortunate to have Geshe Tenzin Zopa present teachings on the current text ‘A Commentary on the ‘Seven Point Mind Training’ by Se Chilbu Chokyi Gyaltsen (1121 – 89), a student of the master Chekawa.
Mind training (lo-jong) texts are at the very heart of Dharma, revealing the true essence of the Mahayana path to liberation. After Langri Thangpa’s Eight Verses, Chekawa’s Seven-Point Mind Training is one of the most well-known and widely disseminated lo-jong teachings. Most of the lines are stand-alone maxims capturing an essential instruction or a specific spiritual practice. Each of these are extracted of their most profound meaning by Geshe-la, who provides a source of inspiration and advice on how to use each spiritual practice or instruction to overcome our destructive actions and thoughts and develop our most compassionate and joyous mind to its full potential.
Teacher: At Geshe Zopa-la’s request, Ven Thubten Paldon maintains the continuity of the teachings in his absence. Ven. Paldron is a senior nun with extensive life experience as well as familiarity with different aspects of Dharma gained over more than 40 years of practice.
Venerable Paldron brings her experience of Dharma practice which began in the mid 1970’s when she & her 3 children moved to a Thai Forest monastery in NSW – Wat Buddha Dhamma, as part of the lay community, supporting Western monks & nuns and receiving teachings from Burmese Sayadaws & Thai Ajahns. During that time she made several self-retreats.
With an interest to experience different aspects of Dharma she lived some time in a Dzogchen community in Italy before finding her teacher, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and taking ordination in 1999. After ordination she lived at Chenrezig nuns’ community before travelling to Mexico as a resident teacher.
Cost: General $15 / Member $13.50. Class includes Morning Tea.
Please note that although the two Thursday series of teachings are separate and you can attend either or both, a light lunch is available by donation in between.