Atisha 19th c., detail. © Himalayan Art Collection

Meditation & Mind Training

With meditation, we train our minds to rest in a calm and clear state. Based on this, we are able to realize mind’s peaceful nature and innate wisdom. The primary guidebook for meditation at Bodhi Path Centers is The Path to Awakening, a commentary on the Seven Points of Mind Training (Tibetan: Lojong), by the 14th Shamarpa, Mipham Chokyi Lodro.


The Seven Points of Mind Training

1. Learn the preliminaries
  • The four thoughts that turn the mind toward enlightenment: precious human existence, impermanence, karma, and the defects of samsara.
  • Refuge and the qualities of the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha according to The Bringing the Qualities of the Three Jewels to Mind Sutra and the sutra commentary by Taranatha.
  • Training in the practice of calm-abiding meditation (Tibetan: shinay, Sanskrit: shamatha) according to The Path to Awakening.
2. Train in the two bodhicittas
  • Absolute and relative bodhicitta (the wisdom and compassion aspects of enlightened mind).
  • Training in the practices of insight meditation (Tibetan: lhaktong, Sanskrit: vipasyana) meditation on the unborn nature of mind, according to The Path to Awakening.
  • Training in the meditation of giving and taking (Tibetan: tonglen) the union of relative and absolute bodhicitta, according to The Path to Awakening.
3. Convert Adversities into the Path of Awakening

4. Implement Mind Training in This Life

5. The Measure of Mind Training

6. Commitments of Mind Training

7. Advice for Mind Training