We live in complex relationships with other sentient beings. Often these relationships affect us emotionally. Lojong (literally, "mind training") practice is a way to transform deep-seated patterns and bring compassion, clarity and peace into those relationships.
This practice-oriented course explores the mahayana slogans of Atisha, a 10th-century Indian Buddhist master, whose teachings left a deep imprint on all Tibetan lineages. We will emphasize the contemplative practice of exchanging self for other—tonglen—in conjunction with the application of the slogans in day-to-day situations. The slogans show us the way to change obstacles in daily life into aids on the path of actualizing our full potential.
Each class allows for open discussion of the challenges that meditators face in their practice. The online classes include periods of guided meditation, talks, and discussion among the online participants.
PREREQUISITE: Karma and the Nidanas course is recommended.
1) With your centre or group. As these courses are interactive, it is strongly recommended that you attend them with others. More support and guidelines will be offered to you by taking these courses at your centre.
2) As an individual. You are welcome to participate at home, by request, if you are unable to attend with a group. Please use the comment field on the registration page to describe your situation. If attending as an individual, it is recommended that you meet with your meditation instructor, a teacher, or practice and education coordinator while taking the course.
REGISTRATION FEE: $60 per person for center/group registration, $85 for individual participation. To inquire about our generosity policy, write to [email protected]
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: A computer with a wired, high-speed Internet connection.
Recordings are made over the internet. Their quality cannot be guaranteed.
Shastri Ethan Nichtern is a lifelong Shambhalian, and the founding director of the Interdependence Project, an NYC based nonproft dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, integral activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media. He is also author of the acclaimed book One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Pubs). His writing has been featured on Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Tricycle Magazine, BuddhaDharma magazine, Reality Sandwich, and other online publications.
Ethan has been teaching meditation and Buddhism in the Shambhala tradition since 2002. He is currently on the part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College at New School University and lectures regularly at Brown, Wesleyan, and New York Universities. In the summer of 2010 he was empowered by his teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, as a Shastri (Senior Teacher) of the Shambhala tradition, representing the New York region.