What the Buddha Taught- Online Study Group

May 16th—July 11th

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    Beginning on Sunday, April 19th (and continuing on alternate Sunday afternoons) the study group will read, study, and contemplate the 59 slogans that are part of the Mahayana teachings of Lojong, or Training the Mind. By training the mind, we mean that we reflect on our thoughts andvbehavior as a means of reversing our habitual tendencies toward self-centeredness.  In addition to seeing our obstacles, slogan practice opens up a field of tenderness and strength so that our actions are based on appreciation rather than the ongoing cycle of hope and fear.
    We will also be studying the key practices of the bodhisattva path known as the six paramitas—generosity, discipline, patience, joyful exertion, and meditation. Each of the Paramitas is connected with a group of slogans.  We will be studying them along with the slogans that they are associated with. The Paramitas help us transform our habitual patterns and let go of our attachments so we can better serve others. 
    Study sessions, conducted through zoom videoconferencing, include a short period of meditation, reading excerpts of the material out loud, and contemplating and discussing the material. Participants may decide to use the time between sessions to contemplate the slogans discussed at the prior session. Additional reading is provided prior to each session for optional study.
    Recommended for individuals with some prior study of Buddhism.
    Participation in all sessions not necessary (participate as it works for you).
    Contact: Elaine Martin at [email protected]