Mind-Training: Transforming Attitude, Relationships and Society

The Mindfulness Revolution is a good start, but for civilization to flourish an intuitive understanding of interconnectivity and mature capacity for compassion are essential. In this six-class series, join the next generation of Buddhist teachers Dr. Miles Neale and Shastri Ethan Nichtern for an interdisciplinary look at the mind-training (lojong) tradition of Mahayana Buddhism from the perspectives of psychotherapy, interpersonal neurobiology and social activism.

Drawing upon the classic 12th century root text Seven Point Mind-Training by Chekhawa Yeshe Dorje (1101–1175 CE) and modern commentaries by Miles’ mentor Dr. Joe Loizzo and Ethan’s heart teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, explore how to take spiritual practice off the meditation cushion and into your daily life and interactions with others.

Learn how the wisdom of emptiness combined with pro-social emotions comprise a contemplative and scientifically grounded approach to heal attitudes, relationships, society and the planet. Receive guided instructions for ‘giving-and-taking’ (tonglen), an Indo-Tibetan meditation technique used to develop compassion and help protect the mind and brain during interpersonal challenges. Train to use pithy slogans to recall key tenets that help you transform adverse circumstances into the path of awakening. Recorded live at the Interdependence Project in New York City.

Root Text

Seven Point Mind-Training, translated By Dr. Joe Loizzo


Clearing the Mind in Seven Points: A Commentary by Dr. Joe Loizzo


Quintessence of Wise Compassion: Four-Point Exchange of Self and Other by Dr. Miles Neale

Week 1: Point One - The Preliminaries for Self-Healing

Monday, November 05, 2012
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Week 2: Point Two, Part A - The Main Practice in Ultimate Bodhicitta (Emptiness)

Monday, November 12, 2012
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Week 3: Point Two, Part B - The Main Practice in Conventional Bodhicitta (Compassion)

Monday, November 19, 2012
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Week 4: Point Three - Transforming Adversity into Awakening

Monday, November 26, 2012
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Week 5: Point Four - Practicing Lifelong & Point Five - Evaluating Success

Monday, December 03, 2012
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Week 6: Point Six - Restraints & Point Seven - Observances

Monday, December 10, 2012
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