Contemplative Studies Program Blog
The Perfection of Perseverance | Step 27 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 12, 2021

We got this!

The journey of awakening is long, the suffering of living begins is vast to endure, without developing the virtue of perseverance what chance do we have? What has helped sustain you during the global pandemic? What well of good energy do you draw upon to start and sustain yourself...

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The Perfection of Patience | Step 26 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 11, 2021

1) The Patience of Not Reacting

See that people hurt us as a result of their karma - compassion See how we feel when others hurt us as our karma - renunciation Resist retaliation, which perpetuates cycles of violence. Find more karmically constructive ways to work with others who create harm =...

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The Perfection of Virtue or Morality | Step 25 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 10, 2021

There are three types of morality:

1) Restraining from causing harm

2) Accumulating merit through virtue

3) Benefiting all sentient beings

Want an assignment? Look up the ten non-virtues and their opposites.

Using my snowflake model how is the perfection of morality connected and enhanced by...

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The Perfection of Generosity | Step 24 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 09, 2021

Having established the altruistic intention, we move to the altruistic actions. These six modes of training build our capacity for optimal social engagement while at the same time cultivate the inner qualities leading to Buddhahood.

The Mahayana is the path of awakening through our social...

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Bodhichitta - the Altruistic Intention to Awaken for the Benefit of Others | Step 23 Aug 08, 2021

Congratulations!

You’ve made it to the second milestone of the journey!

How is your memorization going?

Based on strong love and compassion for others, and the view of our interdependence, we want to help, but recognize our own limitations. How can we ultimately help others awaken from...

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Exchanging Self & Other | Step 22 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 07, 2021

Get ready for an expresso shot!

I articulate Asanga’s ‘Seven Step Cause and Effect’ method for generating Bodhichitta and follow this up with Shantideva’s Four-points of Exchanging Self and Other” to show how Tsongkhapa stitched both methods together into his 11...

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Contemplate the Benefits of Altruism | Step 21 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 06, 2021

Overcome the negativity bias and conduct an inventory of all the success stories and expressions of human triumph.

Just as all social suffering has its origin in self-grasping in each of us, so too all examples of social flourishing have their roots in love and compassion.

Here’s the good...

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The Detriments of Self-grasping and Self Preoccupation | Step 20 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 05, 2021

Our compassion training combines both a wise mind and an open heart, analysis and emotion.

Here we take a deep dive to expose the root cause (mula klesha) of the myriad forms of suffering, ecological, social and personal.

Try to trace the chain link of events for the most extreme atrocities...

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Equalize Self and Other | Step 19 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 04, 2021

Reflect on the spectrum of superiority and inferiority.

Where do you put yourself, consciously and unconsciously, and how does this impact your relations with others?

What are the reinforcements in evolution, family systems, culture, and media that determine an imbalance between self and other?

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Repay Their Kindness | Step 18 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 03, 2021

Recognize all beings as kin helps us feel solidarity.

Remembering their kindness helps us feel gratitude.

Now repay their kindness. Identify all the contaminated motivations for giving - obligation, guilt, fear etc.

Now try to imagine coming from a place of basic trust over mistrust, abundance...

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A Meditative Journey Of Self-Transformation | Tibet House US Event Aug 02, 2021

The world is undergoing an unprecedented period of metamorphosis. No one remains unimpacted by death, loss, and change, yet all spiritual teachings agree that through the dark night a new, more meaningful life is possible for those who are well prepared.

Join us for an innovative, 2 hour guided...

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Remember the Kindness of All Beings | Step 17 of Awakening in 30 Steps Aug 01, 2021

Remember the Kindness of all Mother Beings.

We are sculpting our minds towards industrial strength altruism.

In this series of reflections we are consciously choosing what to focus on. Step 16 recognizes all beings as kin, step 17 remembers their kindness.

Let’s define kindness as the...

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