A Sudden Flash of Spaciousness: An Introduction to Mind Training (week-long residency)

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It [Lojong] is one of the bravest practices you can ever do, if you can actually let go. . . . With lojong, your aggression becomes workable; a spacious and refreshing quality begins to arise.

—Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

In this workshop, we will explore the practice of (Tib.) lojong, or mind training. This practice was brought to Tibet by Atisha Dipankara in the 11th Century and later organized into seven main points and fifty nine slogans by Geshe Chekawa. The lojong slogans are designed to help us shift allegiance from the safe but limiting world of ego to the challenging and vast possibilities of Buddha nature. Lojong practice is a powerful method of opening the heart. By means of mind training, we can begin to work directly with the fear and aggression that undermine our ability to act with compassion and effectiveness.

For the week-long residency, you will study with Judy Lief for an hour and a half in the morning and in the afternoon on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and participate in the daily schedule of the Monastery, including zazen and face-to-face teaching. The weekend retreat with Judy is included.

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