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By Deepthy Shekhar
Student Deepthy Shekhar shares news from Choe Khor Sum Ling, the FPMT study group in Bangalore, India.
In September, a few Choe Khor Sum Ling students attended a retreat for Discovering Buddhism’s modules 1 and 2 at the glorious Snowland School for Tantric Studies at the Gyume Monastery campus in Hunsur, India. Ven. Tenzin Namdak led the retreat.
The main focus of this retreat was to engage in meditations on “Awakening One’s Enlightenment Potential.” The specific meditations were on the lam-rim topics of precious human rebirth, our innate potential to eliminate negative states of mind, buddhanature and on the topics of compassion and loving kindness.
All the participants were encouraged to take the Eight Mahayana Precepts and engage in Jorchö practices along with both analytical and single-pointed meditations around the topics mentioned above.
Following the tradition of Gyume Monastery, the participants had the precious opportunity of listening to Dharma teachings by the abbot of Gyume Monastery, Geshe Tashi Tsering, who gave two audiences. In the first teaching, Geshe-la spoke about habitual states of mind, inner and outer conditions, the law of cause and effect and purification with the four opponent powers.
In his second teaching, Geshe-la elaborated on the topic “Mind and Its Potential.” He spoke of considering Buddhist centers to be hospitals of the mind and of looking at the study of Buddhism as the study of inner science. During this teaching, he elaborated on topics such as mental factors, how to develop a main mind of loving kindness and developing the main mind for bodhichitta. He also spoke about the importance for meditating on emptiness as the antidote for grasping, anger and related mental factors.
During the retreat, participants were also encouraged to participate in tsog offerings and had discussions with each other in order to develop confidence in talking about their learning.
The students left fully immersed in precious human rebirth and Dharma teachings on mind and its potential, with aspirations for another retreat soon.
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