seven points of mind training

slogans studied at KsC and KDSC in NH

At KSC in Barrington, NH, we studied The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul (translated by Ken McLeod) in 2002. This classic 19th-century text is a commentary on the Seven Points of Mind Training, which have come down to us from the 11th-century Indian teacher Atisha via Chekawa Yeshe Dorje, a 12th-century Tibetan teacher of the Kadampa Lineage.

In spring and summer 2003 and 2004, we studied a selection of the slogans at KDSC, our Portsmouth, NH, center. The slogans we have studied so far are listed below for review and practice. Some students review all the slogans periodically, while others focus on one slogan and work with it for one or more days or weeks.

bulletFirst train in the preliminaries.
bulletRegard all phenomena as dreams.
bulletRest in the nature of all, the basis of everything.
bulletIn postmeditation practice, be a child of illusion.
bulletTrain in taking and sending alternately. Join them with the breath.
bulletUse slogans to train in all forms of activity.
bulletBegin the sequence of exchange with yourself.
bulletWhen negativity fills the world and its inhabitants/Change adverse conditions into the path of awakening.
bulletDrive all blame into one.
bulletBe grateful to everyone.
bulletWhenever you meet the unexpected, join it with meditation.
bulletAlways have the support of a joyful mind.
bulletA summary of the essential instruction: Train in the five forces.
bulletThe Mahayana instructions for how to die / Are the five forces. How you act is important.
bulletAll Dharma has a single purpose.
bulletOf the two judges, rely on the principal one.
bulletYou are proficient if you can practice even when distracted.
bulletChange your attitude, but remain natural.
bulletDo not talk about weak points.
bulletDon't think about the affairs of others.
bulletWork on the stronger disturbing emotions first.
bulletGive up all hope for results.
bulletAll active meditation is done in one way.
bulletAt the beginning and at the end, two things are done.
bulletTrain in all areas without partiality. Overall deep and pervasive proficiency is important.
bulletTrain wholeheartedly.

More background, information and commentary on the slogans of the Seven Points of Mind Training may be found in The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul, Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron.

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