Author: Geshe ChekawaTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): Ruth SonamPublisher: Library of Tibetan Works & ArchivesYear: 2014Language: EnglishPages: 202ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789383441334
Of the many mind training texts that exist, Geshe Chekawa’s Seven Points for Training the Mind is one of the most complete. The mind training tradition that developed in Tibet has its source in the words of the great Indian masters Nagarjuna and Shantideva. This particular text expands on the Tibetan master Geshe Langritangpa’s Eight Verses for Training the Mind. Although it was written in the twelfth century, Geshe Chekawa’s advice is as relevant today as it was then because human nature has remained much the same. The text provides us with the means to transform our attitudes, gain increased mental control, develop a deeper understanding of reality and greater love, compassion and kindness towards others. Remarkably, the commitments and precepts set out by the author act as pertinent guidelines for a less stressful and more harmonious life in today’s world.
ContentsPublisher’s NoteA TributeIntroduction Prologue1. The Preliminaries for Training the MindThinking about the preciousness of our human lifeThinking about impermanence and the imminence of deathThinking about actions and their effects2. Training in the Spirit of Enlightenment3. Turning Adverse Circumstances into the Path to Enlightenment4. The Practices of a Lifetime Subsumed5. The Criterion of Success in Training the Mind6. The Commitments for Training the Mind7. The Precepts for Training the MindFurther Explanation of SelflessnessAppendix The Eight Verses for Training the MindSeven Points for Training the MindThe Root text in TibetanNotes