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Post Retreat Resources - Turning Arrows into Flowers

On Fri, 22 May, 2020 - 08:23
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We hope you have enjoyed Turning Arrows into Flowers with us this week! đŸč 🌾đŸŒșđŸŒŒ

A big thanks to Yashobodhi, for providing us with the inspiring Dharma talks and for the live Q+A on Sunday (recording to follow soon!). If you haven’t already had a listen, do check out the podcast where she talks about the Seven Point Mind Training - and beautifully makes a connection between them and the myth of Rumpelstiltskin!

Thanks also to the group of young Order members who shared their personal reflections on the theme and lojong slogans throughout the week: Prajnaketu, Simharava, Garavavati, Dhammakumara, Prajnahridaya, Akasajoti and Varadhi.

You can watch their reflections and access all the material from the week on the Toolkit space - to revisit at your own leisure.

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Our gratitude also to Windhorse Publications who have generously shared the ebook of Subhuti’s Mind in Harmony for free for the week. 🙏


Some additional resources - and a live event
One practice that very much complements the exploration of the Seven-Point Mind Training is tonglen which we touched on on day 2 of the home retreat. You can listen to a guided recording of that meditation practice on the retreat space - or better yet, join a live session this coming Saturday (23rd May) led by Yashobodhi!

West Coast USA 08.00 | Mexico 10.00 | East Coast USA 11.00 | UK & IE 16.00 | Europe 17.00 CET | India 20.30

(As with other events you will find a link to join on the Toolkit shortly before the scheduled start time.)

Listen to a recording of the tonglen practice

If you have found the material on Seven-Point Mind Training helpful this week you might be interested in doing some further exploration. Here are some texts that Yashobodhi has recommended on this theme:

  • Jamgon Kongtrul, The Great Path of Awakening: The Classic Guide to Lojong, Shambhala Classics, 2005
  • Geshe Jampa Tegchok, The Kindness of Others: A Commentary to the Seven-Point Mind Training, Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, eBook
  • Pema Chödrön books, e.g. Always Maintain a Joyful Mind, Shambhala Publication, 2007
  • Dilgo Khyentse, Enlightened Courage: An Explanation of the Seven-Point Mind Training, Padmakara Translation Group, 2006
  • Chögyam Trungpa, Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness, Shambhala Classics, 2003
  • Dzigar Kongtrul, The Intelligent Heart: A Powerful Practice for Discovering Happiness by Shifting the Focus from Yourself: A Guide to the Compassionate Life, Shambhala Publications, 2016


You can also listen to a series of talks on Free Buddhist Audio by Dhammadinna, which is is based on Atisha’s ‘The Seven Points of Mind Training’, and influenced both by Chekawa’s commentary and Langri Tangpa’s ‘Eight Verses for Training the Mind’.
 

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