The Eight Verses on Mind Training. We aspire to positive, meaningful, and helpful relationships
with our family, colleagues, friends, sangha, and beyond. And yet often our
experience of these relationships is characterized by strife and difficulty.
This short text provides profound instructions for working with our mind,
transforming our interactions with others, and on this basis, progressing on
the path to awakening. Rinpoche teaches that what really matters for our
journey of awakening is working with our mind. Geshé Langri Thangpa (Langthangpa), the author
of this mind training text, received key pith instructions from the great
Kadampa master, Potowa Rinchen Sal, who was a student of Atisha’s primary
disciple, Drontönpa. Langthangpa’s Eight
Verses provide the essence of the Kadampa teachings on mind training.
Chekawa Yeshe Dorje, who wrote down Atisha’s instructions in The Seven Point of Mind Training was
profoundly inspired when he encountered just two of Langthangpa’s Eight Verses. In his teaching on this text, Rinpoche begins
by emphasizing the importance of training in equalizing self and other as a
prerequisite to training in bodhicitta. Rinpoche’s line-by-line commentary on
the Eight Verses helps us understand
the deepest meaning of the text clearly and precisely. He playfully identifies the
ways in which we are likely to misunderstand the meaning, thereby revealing the
actual intention of the mind training verses. Rinpoche practices with the group
several times, providing contemplations that bring the mind training
instructions into a formal practice session. If we put these verses into practice,
this teaching has the potential for transforming our mind and our world.
Rinpoche provides several opportunities for participants to pose questions.
Translation assistance was provided by Christopher Stagg. Five talks.
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