Buddhist Perspectives

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Thu, 29 June, 2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm



April 27 – May 18, June 1, June 22 – 29

Mind Training: The Great Collection Compiled by Shönu Gyalchok (ca. fourteenth–fifteenth centuries) and Könchok Gyaltsen (1388–1469). Compiled in the fifteenth century, Mind Training: The Great Collection (Theg pa chen po blo sbyong rgya rtsa) represents the earliest anthology of a special genre of Tibetan spiritual literature known simply as “mind training” or lojong in Tibetan.

Tibetans revere the mind training tradition for its pragmatic and down-to-earth advice, especially the teachings on “transforming adversities into favourable opportunities.” This volume contains forty-three individual texts, including the most important works of the mind training cycle, such as Serlingpa’s Leveling out All Conceptions, Atiśa’s Bodhisattva’s Jewel Garland, Langri Thangpa’s Eight Verses on Mind Training, and Chekawa’s Seven-Point Mind Training, together with the earliest commentaries on these seminal texts as well as other independent works. These texts expound the systematic cultivation of such altruistic thoughts and emotions as compassion, love, forbearance, and perseverance. Central to this discipline are the diverse practices for combating our habitual self-centeredness and the afflictive emotions and way of being that arise from it.

Cost: By Donation Only, Class includes Morning Tea

Teacher: The wonderfully inspiring Geshe Tenzin Zopa, lead character in the film documentary ‘Unmistaken Child’, teaches in English, transmitting the wisdom of Buddhism in an unmistaken manner to a 21st century audience.

Geshe Tenzin Zopa holds the honoured Geshe (Doctorate) degree from Sera Je Monastic University, South India having completed the 20 year monastic curriculum in just 17 years. He was ordained at the age of 9 by the late great mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog, received novice ordination from Geshe Lundrup Sopa Rinpoche and full ordination from HH the 14th Dalai Lama.Under the direct tutelage of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the great mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog and the most eminent of Gurus including those from the great Sera Jey Monastic University, Geshe Tenzin Zopa possesses vast scriptural knowledge, extensive teaching experience, has successfully managed major projects, has completed many retreats including a 6 month Highest Yoga Tantra retreat with the late Geshe Lama Konchog and is highly skilled in rituals, astrological observations and religious dance.