8-week unit from 29 April – 17 June (plus the DVD on 24 June).
Come discover the clear meditation instruction available in Tibetan Buddhism that enables us to develop our innate qualities of loving kindness and compassion. Become skilled at applying these techniques to generate the mind of bodhicitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others, known as the heart of the Buddha’s teachings.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche says: “The whole thing, so many practices, all come down to live the daily life with bodhicitta motivation to put all the effort in that whatever you do. This way your life doesn’t get wasted and it becomes full of joy and happiness, with no regrets later, especially when you die and you can die with a smile outside and a smile in the heart.” People can’t see your mind; what people see is a manifestation of your attitude in your actions of body and speech. So we must pay attention to our attitude all the time. Guard it as if you are the police, or like a parent cares for a child, like a bodyguard, or as if you are the guru and your mind is your disciple.
Develop a foundation of equanimity, towards others and one’s own internal experiences
The immeasurable benefits of bodhicitta
Three methods to develop bodhicitta; Six causes and one effect, exchanging self for others, combined eleven steps from Lama Tsong Khapa
The six perfections, what makes them special, and how to put them into practice in daily life.
Brief explanation of the Bodhisattva Vows and the benefits of taking them
DB Required Reading, How to Develop Bodhicitta, photocopied booklet
Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (pp. 106-119, 143-187) photocopied booklet
Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, by Pabongkha Rinpoche (pp.547-589. 626-646)
The Bodhisattva Vows booklet, from FPMT
A Daily Meditation on Four-armed Chenrezig, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Meditations at home on: equanimity, the eleven step method, and the Chenrezig compassion buddha and mantra
Animal liberation practice
Attend the 1-day retreat on HH Dalai Lama Guru Yoga inseparable with Chenrezig
Afflictions to Perfections game
Nyung-Ne retreat (held at LTC over Christmas and Easter)
100,000 mani retreat using lam rim meditations and meditations on bodhicitta
Spiritual Friends: Meditations by Monks and Nuns of the IMI, ed. Thubten Dhondrup
The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace, HH the Dalai Lama