Toronto

Toronto teaching events and study group

We provide a regular program of Dharma philosophy and meditation with renouned Tibetan scholar Geshe Thubten Samdup (Gomde Lharampa), author of the acclaimed The Great Gomde Dictionary, a unique encyclopaedic dictionary of Dharma terms in Tibetan. 

For more information about our teacher Geshe Thubten Samdup here is a link to his Biography.

For more detailson programs and events in Toronto, please visit Lama Yeshe Ling Toronto 


 

The Seven-Point Mind Transformation (Lojong)

With Geshe Samdup

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Dates: Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 21, Dec 5

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

University of Toronto - The Multi-Faith Centre, Multi-Faith Quiet Room,

 569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 2J7 View Map

 

 

 

In our upcoming series of teachings, we will be studying The Seven-Point Mind Transformation (Lojong) which was written by Kadampa Geshe Chekhawa Yeshe Dorje in the 12th century in Tibet.

Lojong is mind training or thought transformation practice. It is a practice of looking deep into our being in order to uncover the root of all our suffering and gradually undo the causes of our suffering by simply changing our mind. The main subject of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude toward ourselves, other sentient beings, as well as the events around us. Often we tend to cherish ourselves while neglecting the welfare of others. The mind training teachings challenge us to reverse this way of thinking in a way which allows us to experience happiness and inner peace.
 
At the heart of the Seven-Point Mind Training lies the idea that the circumstances that life brings us, however difficult, are the raw material from which we create our own spiritual path and transformation. The central theme of the Seven-Point Mind Training is to make the liberating shift from the constricting solitude of self-centeredness to the warm kinship with others which occurs with the cultivation of cherishing others. This mind training is especially well-suited for those with a busy life. It helps us to reexamine our relationships—to family, friends, enemies, and strangers—and gradually transform our responses to whatever life throws our way.
 
The Seven-Point Mind Transformation are:
1. Explaining the preliminaries as a basis for the practice
2. Training in the awakening mind
3. Transforming adverse circumstances into the path to enlightenment
4. The integrated practice of a single lifetime
5. The measure of having trained the mind
6. The commitments of mind training
7. The precepts of mind training

 

Meditation and Lojong Discussion

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Dates: Oct. 31, Nov14, Nov 28, Dec 12, Dec 19

 

Time: 7:00-9:00

University of Toronto - Multi-Faith Centre

Multi-Faith Quiet Room, 3rd floor

569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 2J7

 

 

 

 

When we have a problem of any kind we can easily be overcome by negative emotions. Some of these emotions are quite destructive, they can cause us tremendous suffering and affect the quality of our lives; and also cause us to harm others, even our loved one. Through regular meditation practice, we can learn how to deal with these emotions.

 

When meditating regularly, even after a short period of time we can clearly see good results. We will find ourselves becoming calm, relaxed, clear-minded and less disturbed. With long-term practice, we can learn to gradually develop a refined, focused awareness. This provides us with insight into our own minds, and a clearer understanding of reality. Through meditation, we can learn to deal with our destructive emotions, lessen our suffering, develop compassion and other positive inner qualities, gradually helping us become of greater benefit to others.