(6 Thursday evenings)
at Santa Monica Main Center, (1430 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90404)
In this intermediate level class we will take up take up the practice of working with reflection and slogans in our daily mindfulness and compassion practice. Each week we will practice with a different slogan and journal about our insights on and off the cushion.
We will use Norman Fisher's book: "Training in Compassion - Zen teachings on the practice of LOJONG" as reading and reflection material. It is his interpretation of a traditional Tibetan practice from the point of view of an -- unconventional? -- Zen master. We will use it with our vipassana (Insight) background to deepen our training in compassion and life resilience.
The original text is based on teachings of the 10th century Indian master Atisha. It became an important practice in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions in the 12th century. The traditional text of the "Seven points of training the mind" are subdivided into a total of 59 slogans.
1. Resolve to begin
2. Train in empathy and compassion
3. Transform bad circumstances into the path
4. Make practice your whole life
5. Assess and extend
6. The discipline of relationship
7. Living with ease in a crazy world
The core teaching of the slogans is: It is in our hands how we live this "one wild and precious" life and everything that has happened to us - and is still going to happen to us.
The slogans work as a reminder, a pointer and an orientation for our practice.
Practice requirement: 30min of daily "sitting" meditation practice, 10-15min per day to reflect and journal. Some of the reflection time will be part of the meditation.
This class will skip Thursday May 3rd.
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