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The Seven-Point Mind Training: A Tibetan Method For Cultivating Mind And Heart

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In this society, with its hurly-burly pace demanding of our time, it is ever so easy to let life slip by. Looking back after ten, twenty, thirty, years—we wonder what we have really accomplished. The process of simply existing is not necessarily meaningful. And yet there is an unlimited potential for meaning and value in this human existence. The Seven-Point Mind Training is one eminently practical way of tapping into that meaning. At the heart of the Seven-Point Mind Training lies the transformation of the ...
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Overview

In this society, with its hurly-burly pace demanding of our time, it is ever so easy to let life slip by. Looking back after ten, twenty, thirty, years—we wonder what we have really accomplished. The process of simply existing is not necessarily meaningful. And yet there is an unlimited potential for meaning and value in this human existence. The Seven-Point Mind Training is one eminently practical way of tapping into that meaning. At the heart of the Seven-Point Mind Training lies the transformation of the circumstances that life brings us, however hard as the raw material from which we create our own spiritual path. The central theme of the Seven-Point Mind Training is to make the liberating passage from the constricting solitude of self-centeredness to the warm kinship with others which occurs with the cultivation of cherishing others. This Mind Training is especially well-suited for an active life. It helps us to reexamine our relationships—to family, friends, enemies, and strangers—and gradually transform our responses to whatever life throws our way.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The increasing popularity of the Lojong or Mind Training teachings in Western Buddhism would seem to indicate a growing maturity among practitioners. Therefore, we welcome this new edition of Alan Wallace's teachings on the Seven-Point Mind Training, wherein he presents a clear and insightful commentary on this precious root text by Geshe Chekawa." —Tenzin Palmo, author of Into the Heart of Life

"When chaos seems to surround you, this book steers you on a clear path filled with kindness and compassion. The Seven-Point Mind Training is one of my favorite texts." —Thubten Chodron, author of Buddhism for Beginners and Cultivating a Compassionate Heart

"The techniques advocated by Wallace have more immediacy than ever. This book, though rich in Tibetan wisdom, is written in a clear, concise, informative, and entertaining manner for easy assimilation into the Western mindset." —Ashé Journal of Experimental Spirituality

"Alan Wallace is one of the great Western Buddhist thinkers of our day." —Howard Cutler, coauthor with H. H. the Dalai Lama of The Art of Happiness

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559393935
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/16/2012
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 957,694
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

B. Alan Wallace has authored, translated, edited, and contributed to more than forty books on Tibetan Buddhism, science, and culture. With fourteen years as a Buddhist monk, he earned a BA in physics and the philosophy of science and then a PhD in religious studies. After teaching in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he founded the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies to explore the integration of scientific approaches and contemplative methods.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The First Point: The Preliminaries, Which Are Fundamental Dharma 9

First of all, train in the preliminaries 19

The Second Point: The Main Practice: Training in the Bodhichittas 19

The Cultivation of Ultimate Bodhichitta 19

Having attained stability, let the mystery be revealed 19

Consider the world as dreamlike 23

Investigate the nature of unborn awareness 26

Even the antidote itself is liberated in its own place 29

Establish the nature of the path in the sphere of the foundation of all 32

Between meditation sessions act as an illusory being 37

The Cultivation of Relative Bodhichitta 41

Alternately practice sending and taking 41

Apply those two to the breath 52

Three objects, three poisons, three roots of virtue 53

In all activities train with words 54

The Third Point: Using Unfavorable Circumstances as Aids to Awakening 55

When the environment and its inhabitants are enslaved by evil, transform unfavorable circumstances into the path of awakening 55

Blame everything on one thing 59

Meditate on great kindness toward everyone 67

Meditation on the deceptive appearances of the Four Bodies is unsurpassed in guarding emptiness 72

The supreme method entails four practices 74

Whatever you encounter, immediately apply it to meditation 78

The Fourth Point: A Synthesis of Practice for One Life 81

To synthesize the essence of this practical guidance, apply yourself to the five powers 81

The Mahayana teaching on transferring consciousness is just these precious five powers 84

The Fifth Point: The Measure of Having Trained the Mind 89

All Dharma is included in one purpose 89

Maintain the chief of the two witnesses 91

Rely continually on mental happiness alone 92

The Sixth Point: The Pledges of Mind Training 95

Always practice the three principles 96

Transform your desires, but remain as you are 98

Speak not of degenerate qualities 99

Think nothing about the other side 100

Abandon all hope for results 106

Abandon poisonous food 108

Do not devote yourself kindly to the central object 109

Do not laugh at malicious jokes 109

Do not wait at the narrow passageway 110

Do not load the burden of a dzo on an ox 111

Do not direct yourself to the summit of the ascent 111

Do not be devious 112

Do not let the gods descend to the devil 112

Do not seek another's misery as a way to your own happiness 114

The Seventh Point: The Practices of Mind Training 117

Practice all yogas by means of one 118

Counteract all withdrawal by means of one 121

There are two actions on two occasions, at the beginning and end 122

Whichever of the opposites occurs, be patient 125

Guard the two at the cost of your life 126

Practice the three austerities 126

Acquire the three principal causes 128

Cultivate the absence of three degenerations 131

Be endowed with the three inseparables 133

Always meditate on those who make you boil 134

Do not rely on other conditions 135

Now practice what is most important 135

Do not be contrary 137

Do not be erratic 139

Practice decisively 140

Free yourself by means of investigation and analysis 140

Do not be boastful 141

Do not bind yourself with hatred 141

Do not be fickle 142

Do not desire gratitude 142

Glossary 149

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