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Awakening the Heart of Bodhicitta – The Seven Points of Mind Training
April 16, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - April 19, 2015 @ 1:00 pm$445.00
At the center of Mahayana Buddhist practice is the arousal of the awakened heart with the unconditional intention to help free all beings from suffering. It begins with the development of love and compassion and matures into the spontaneous expression of compassion in all situations.
During this retreat we will be working with the text, “The Great Path of Awakening,” which presents the teaching of the Seven Points of Mind Training as written by Chekawa (1102-1176). Many of these teachings originated with the great master, Atisha (982-1054), who was instrumental in the transmission of Buddhism to Tibet. He placed great emphasis on these teachings as a principal means to develop compassion.
The text we our using, “The Great Path of Awakening,” includes a detailed commentary by the 19th century master Jamgon Kongtul. The Seven Points comprise a complete practice, with instructions and guidance covering all the essential points of Mahayana Buddhism. Along with engaging this text, we will be working with the practice of Tonglen or Taking and Sending. Taking and Sending is a specific technique used in mind training to undermine the self centeredness of habitual emotional patterns. It is based upon mentally exchanging one’s experience with that of others and is an effective way to carry the teaching of the Seven Points into one’s daily life.
The retreat will begin on Thursday evening, April 16th at 7:30 PM and conclude on Sunday, April 19th after lunch. The retreat is at Mercy Center Auburn (www.mercycenter.org). The cost of the retreat is $445 which covers a single room, all meals and teacher contribution. We have a limited number of rooms so please register early. To register, send a check for the full amount made out to Clear Mountain Wisdom to Dan Jorgensen, 13118 Thistledown Court, Auburn CA 95603
We welcome newcomers to our retreats. However, if you are new to us, we request that you contact one of us for a short conversation to insure that the retreat is suitable for you. Our emails and phone numbers are on the website. (www.clearmountainwisdom.org)
If you have any questions, please contact either Dan Jorgensen or Claudia Hansson