Mind training (lojong in Tibetan) was first brought to Tibet by Lama Atisha in the eleventh century. Atisha brought over 100 instructions to Tibet, enabling many great Mahayana Buddhist practitioners to develop spiritual insight and realisations.
This special event is an opportunity to receive teachings on one of the most famous of the lojong practices called the Seven Point Mind Training from Tibetan Buddhist monk and academic Geshe Tenzin Zopa, who is currently in the UK teaching Buddhist perspectives at the University of Oxford. See below for a short biography of Geshe Tenzin Zopa.
The purpose of the Seven Point Mind Training practice is to develop our mind to overcome the habitual tendency to center the world around ourselves, and to decrease the influence that our everyday self-centred attitude has on our actions and way of relating to the wider world.
The belief in “I” and in what we hold as “mine” causes vast amounts of harm to ourselves and others. This habit of acting in terms of “self” and “other” causes us to place ourselves above others in terms of our gender, our race and our community, right down to believing that we are some how fundamentally better, and more important, than the majority of other beings in the world.
Through lojong practice we can reverse this belief that holds ourself and our ideas to be extremely important, and we can learn how to put others ahead of our own ego-clinging patterns that lead to suffering and disappointment.
The Seven Points of Mind Training is relevant for modern times because we can engage in it while doing all the thousands of other things we do every day. We do not need to go to an isolated cave or retreat to practice lojong! We can begin the second we wake up and then carry the attitude on throughout the day as we eat, work, and socialise with others.
Although this practice is centuries old, it is perfectly adopted for the present day. It can become a standard for living our daily life whilst training our mind on the Spiritual path. It is a guide to how to transform ordinary circumstances into the spiritual path, and clearly shows us if our ego is increasing or decreasing, thus helping us to develop our good qualities and peace in our hearts.
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Don’t forget we are screening the documentary ‘Unmistaken Child‘ about Geshe Zopa’s search for the tulku (reincarnation) of his teacher Geshe Lama Konchog at the JBCL Film & Curry night on Friday 23rd February. Click here for more information or check the JBCL events calendar.
About the Teacher:
Geshe Tenzin Zopa holds the honoured Geshe (Doctorate) degree from Sera Je Monastic University, South India having completed the 20 year monastic curriculum in just 17 years. He was ordained at the age of 9 by the late great mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog, received novice ordination from Geshe Lundrup Sopa Rinpoche and full ordination from HH the 14th Dalai Lama.
Under the direct tutelage of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the great mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog and the most eminent of Gurus including those from the great Sera Jey Monastic University, Geshe Tenzin Zopa possesses vast scriptural knowledge, extensive teaching experience, has successfully managed major projects, has completed many retreats including a 6 month Highest Yoga Tantra retreat with the late Geshe Lama Konchog and is highly skilled in rituals, astrological observations and religious dance.
Projects undertaken by Geshela included taking responsibility for the temporal and spiritual development of Rachen Nunnery and Mu Monastery, Tsum, Nepal and supervised the completion of the 1000 Buddha Relics Memorial Stupa at Kopan Monastery, Nepal.
Geshela has been the longest serving Resident Geshe at the oldest Malaysian FPMT Centre, Losang Dragpa Centre and was instrumental in establishing FPMT’s Basic Program as the core study regime there, training members to lead classes, rituals, meditation, Dakini Dance for long life pujas and was an integral part of the Centre’s children and youth programs based on Essential Education’s “16 Guidelines”. Geshela further served as the Dharma advisor to Kasih Hospice Care Society and retreat centre Rinchen Jangsem Ling Dharma Society, both under the FPMT network, giving guidance of a wide range of issues, giving Dharma talks and conducting pujas according to the specific needs of the communities there. Of particular impact was the internet-based “Prayer Support”, an online prayer support network initiated by Geshela for anyone (domestic or international) facing sickness or end-of-life issues.
A prolific teacher, Geshela is the author of 12 books, “Buddha Nature and Preliminary Prayers and Their Explanations”, “Karma & the 12 Links”, “Ask the Geshe – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times”, “Mirror to Your Life”, “Whose Truth?”, “The Yamantaka Short Sadhana Practice”, “Meditation”, “A concise commentary to the Lamp on the Path to Enlightenment”; “Lam Rim – Graduated Path to Enlightenment” and “Buddhist Tenets – A commentary on Chokyi Gyaltsen’s A Presentation of Tenets” , “The Thousand Buddha Relic Stupa”, “The Holy Child of Kopan”, “37 Practices to Enlightenment”, “Commentary on the Bodhicaryavatara”, “Buddhist Tantra – The Practice of Purity” “The comprehensive guid to the heart of wisdom sutra.”
In an effort to introduce Buddhist values and teachings on life, death and reincarnation, Geshela played a pivotal role in the documentary “Unmistaken Child” and participated in “Forbidden Journey to Tibet”.
Geshe Tenzin Zopa is undertaking the important responsibility of overseeing the physical, mental and spiritual development of Tulku Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche, the unmistaken reincarnation of the late great mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog.