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Lojong, Mindrolling Lotus Garden – June 18- 21, 2015 Lopön Helen Berliner and Lopön Andre Papantonio – Talk 1

Lopon Andre – first talk – morning 9/19

Begin with the right intention. The best intention we could have for anything we do on the land- meditating, studying, or hearing a talk is – being with the benefit for all sentient beings. May we all work with our own minds to be a cooling oasis for all sentient beings, to free all sentient beings from suffering, and ourselves as sentient beings from suffering. We call this raising bodhicitta: a sense of my intention is “I am expanding outward so I am working not for just my own benefit, but for the benefit of all.”

I also like to remember those who came before us, without whom we wouldn’t be studying Buddhism in an air-conditioned room. Going back to Shakyamuni Buddha 2500 years ago, all the way up to His Holiness Mindrolling Trinchen Rinpoche, who died in 2008, and of course His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and of course our dear Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, who is director of our center. Just a sense of connection to lineage and a sense of connection to who we might be appreciative of. Continue reading


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Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin Rinpoche- TMC Frederick – Lojong (Mind Training) December 27, 2011

(Continued from December 26)

Making Adversity the Path of Awakening (continued)

Yesterday, we did “making adversity the path of awakening.” So there, environmentally, facing all kinds of difficulties– emotionally, defilements are increasing. So for those reasons sometimes, world is full of misfortune. In Buddhism, we talk about the relationship between the outer environment and the inner mental state. So when the mind mental state goes to a more negative way. I think we talk about karma. Sometime people misunderstand.  Mainly, if we come into a lack of fortune of good qualities, then conditions can attack easier. Humans, non-humans, environmentally, attacks happen easily. If our good fortune is strong then other things can’t hurt us much. Sometimes, we think “just practicing this or that deity will solve things.” But we need to create vessel to receive that conditions. So, in the same way, decreasing the degeneration of the mind is needed. Continue reading

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