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

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ISBN-10: 1559393939

ISBN-13: 9781559393935

Edition: 2nd

Authors: B. Alan Wallace, Zara Houshmand

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List price: $25.95
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/16/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 148
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.43" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

B. Alan Wallace teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The First Point: The Preliminaries, Which Are Fundamental Dharma
First of all, train in the preliminaries
The Second Point: The Main Practice: Training in the Bodhichittas
The Cultivation of Ultimate Bodhichitta
Having attained stability, let the mystery be revealed
Consider the world as dreamlike
Investigate the nature of unborn awareness
Even the antidote itself is liberated in its own place
Establish the nature of the path in the sphere of the foundation of all
Between meditation sessions act as an illusory being
The Cultivation of Relative Bodhichitta
Alternately practice sending and taking
Apply those two to the breath
Three objects, three poisons, three roots of virtue
In all activities train with words
The Third Point: Using Unfavorable Circumstances as Aids to Awakening
When the environment and its inhabitants are enslaved by evil, transform unfavorable circumstances into the path of awakening
Blame everything on one thing
Meditate on great kindness toward everyone
Meditation on the deceptive appearances of the Four Bodies is unsurpassed in guarding emptiness
The supreme method entails four practices
Whatever you encounter, immediately apply it to meditation
The Fourth Point: A Synthesis of Practice for One Life
To synthesize the essence of this practical guidance, apply yourself to the five powers
The Mahayana teaching on transferring consciousness is just these precious five powers
The Fifth Point: The Measure of Having Trained the Mind
All Dharma is included in one purpose
Maintain the chief of the two witnesses
Rely continually on mental happiness alone
The Sixth Point: The Pledges of Mind Training
Always practice the three principles
Transform your desires, but remain as you are
Speak not of degenerate qualities
Think nothing about the other side
Abandon all hope for results
Abandon poisonous food
Do not devote yourself kindly to the central object
Do not laugh at malicious jokes
Do not wait at the narrow passageway
Do not load the burden of a dzo on an ox
Do not direct yourself to the summit of the ascent
Do not be devious
Do not let the gods descend to the devil
Do not seek another's misery as a way to your own happiness
The Seventh Point: The Practices of Mind Training
Practice all yogas by means of one
Counteract all withdrawal by means of one
There are two actions on two occasions, at the beginning and end
Whichever of the opposites occurs, be patient
Guard the two at the cost of your life
Practice the three austerities
Acquire the three principal causes
Cultivate the absence of three degenerations
Be endowed with the three inseparables
Always meditate on those who make you boil
Do not rely on other conditions
Now practice what is most important
Do not be contrary
Do not be erratic
Practice decisively
Free yourself by means of investigation and analysis
Do not be boastful
Do not bind yourself with hatred
Do not be fickle
Do not desire gratitude