Seven-Point Mind Training : A Tibetan Method for Cultivating Mind and Heart

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The central theme of The Seven-Point Mind Training is to make the liberating passage from constricting solitude of self-centeredness to the warm kinship with otherswhich occurs with the cultivation of cherishing others even more than oneself.

Author Biography

B. Alan Wallace has taught Buddhist theory and practice in Europe and America since 1976

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
The Preliminaries, Which Are Fundamental Dharmap. 17
First of all train in the preliminariesp. 17
The Main Practice: Training in the Bodhicittasp. 27
Having attained stability, let the mystery be revealedp. 27
Consider the world as dreamlikep. 30
Investigate the nature of unborn awarenessp. 33
Even the antidote itself is liberated in its own placep. 37
Establish the nature of the path in the sphere of the foundation of allp. 39
Between meditation sessions act as an illusory beingp. 43
Alternately practice sending and takingp. 47
Apply those two to the breathp. 57
Three objects, three poisons, three roots of virtuep. 58
In all activities train with wordsp. 59
Using Unfavorable Circumstances as Aids to Awakeningp. 61
When the environment and its inhabitants are enslaved by evil, transform unfavorable circumstances into the path of awakeningp. 61
Blame everything on one thingp. 65
Meditate on great kindness toward everyonep. 72
Meditation on the deceptive appearances of the Four Bodies is unsurpassed in guarding emptinessp. 77
The supreme method entails four practicesp. 78
Whatever you encounter, immediately apply it to meditationp. 82
A Synthesis of Practice for One Lifep. 85
To synthesize the essence of this practical guidance, apply yourself to the five powersp. 85
The Mahayana teaching on transfering consciousness is just these precious five powersp. 88
The Measure of Having Trained the Mindp. 93
All Dharma is included in one purposep. 93
Maintain the chief of the two witnessesp. 95
Rely continually on mental happiness alonep. 96
The Pledges of Mind Trainingp. 99
Always practice the three principlesp. 100
Transform your desires, but remain as you arep. 102
Speak not of degenerate qualitiesp. 103
Think nothing about the other sidep. 104
Abandon all hope for resultsp. 110
Abandon poisonous foodp. 111
Do not devote yourself kindly to the central objectp. 112
Do not laugh at malicious jokesp. 112
Do not wait at the narrow passagewayp. 113
Do not load the burden of a dzo on an oxp. 114
Do not direct yourself to the summit of the ascentp. 114
Do not be deviousp. 115
Do not let the gods descend to the devilp. 115
Do not seek another's misery as a way to your own happinessp. 116
The Practices of Mind Trainingp. 119
Practice all yogas by means of onep. 120
Counteract all withdrawal by means of onep. 123
There are two actions on two occasions, at the beginning and endp. 123
Whichever of the opposites occurs, be patientp. 126
Guard the two at the cost of your lifep. 127
Practice the three austeritiesp. 128
Acquire the three principal causesp. 130
Cultivate the absence of three degenerationsp. 132
Be endowed with the three inseparablesp. 133
Always meditate on those who make you boilp. 134
Do not rely on other conditionsp. 135
Now practice what is most importantp. 136
Do not be contraryp. 137
Do not be erraticp. 139
Practice decisivelyp. 140
Free yourself by means of investigation and analysisp. 140
Do not be boastfulp. 141
Do not bind yourself with hatredp. 141
Do not be ficklep. 142
Do not desire gratitudep. 142
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