Lojong Slogans Class

with Michael Stephens

November 7th—December 19th

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    Room: Community Room

    A seven-week dharma gathering on the mind-training slogans of Atisha (980-1052 CE), an Indian adept who brought to Tibet a systematized approach to developing bodhicitta (the desire to awaken for the sake of all sentient beings) and loving-kindness, through working with these slogans.

    These are traditional and well-loved teachings that were an important part of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche’s presentation of the Mahayana Buddhist dharma.  In later years, Ani Pema Chodron has often given additional commentaries on these practices.  Taken together, the slogans present a profound body of teaching about how to bring our experience fully to the path, to use our difficulties and challenges themselves as the vehicle for awakening our hearts.

    Please join us for open sharing and discussion on these penetrating and provocative teachings.  This will not be a lecture class, and there is no set fee; we ask a donation of $5 - $10 for each class you attend.  It is not necessary to attend all classes if your schedule does not permit, but everyone is encouraged to attend as many as possible for continuity's sake.

    The prerequisite for attending is either having taken the Bodhisattva Vow, completion of all the "Everyday Life" classes, and/or completion of Level III of Shambhala Training.  Whether or  not  you have studied the slogans before, you are invited to come along; it promises to be a fun and interesting set of discussions.  We will be using "Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness" by Chogyam Trungpa as the primary text, but will also draw on other sources for commentary and additional perspectives.

    Please pre-register, as it helps us plan properly for the class.