Acharya Shantideva begins Chapter 8 of A Guide to the Boddhisattva's Way of Life by emphasizing the importance of stabilizing one's mind -- but that is only the beginning. He goes on to explain how craving and vagaries of daily life keep one distracted, trapped, and unable to see the true nature of reality. In this retreat we will discuss the short- and long-term benefits of settling the mind, along with other antidotes to the traps, like the practice of mind training.
A brief puja, sutra recitation followed by dinner. All are welcome.
An hour of quiet meditation. Instructions will be provided at the beginning. Open to MIT Community members.
Weekly teachings with The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi. When Venerable Tenzin is not on-campus in person, he teaches through live interactive webcast. Current texts for discussion are His Holiness the Dalai Lama's How to Expand Love and Acharya Shantideva's Guide to a Bodhisattva's Way of Life. Previous teachings have covered: Acharya Nagarjuna's Exposition on Bodhichitta, HH the Dalai Lama's The Art of Happiness, Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My Perfect Teacher, Foundations of Buddhism, and others.
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