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april, 2020

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15apr18:0020:30Event OverHow to Develop Bodhicitta: Module 10 of Discovering Buddhism programDiscover the clear meditation instructions available in Tibetan Buddhism that enable you to develop your innate qualities of loving kindness and compassion. Become skilled at applying these techniques to generate bodhichitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others, which is the very heart of Buddha’s teachings.

Time

(Onsdag) 18:00 - 20:30 CET

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Event Details

Discover the clear meditation instructions available in Tibetan Buddhism that enable you to develop your innate qualities of loving kindness and compassion. Become skilled at applying these techniques to generate bodhichitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others, which is the very heart of Buddha’s teachings.

Level 

Intermediate

 

Prerequisite 

Ideally, for participants of Discovering Buddhism program. But anyone who has some basic understanding of Buddhism is welcome to join this Module.

Course description

What we believe in Buddhism is that we all have incredible potential. We have potential to become complete human beings. We have the potential to become really awake. By awake, we mean completely free of all disturbances of negative emotions, of harmful attitudes. We have the potential to fully develop our capacity for love, compassion and wisdom. But to be able to realise that potential we need to know methods. We need to work at developing our wisdom in order to be able to achieve this.

What will I learn on this course

In this course you will be able to get answers to questions like these: 

  • What do you mean by awakening? 
  • What do you mean by enlightenment? 
  • What is that attitude wishing to achieve, or to experience, this full awakening that’s free from suffering, with fully developed positive qualities? 
  • What is that attitude, or that state of mind, all about? 
  • Why would you want to do that? 
  • Why would you want to become enlightened? 
  • What’s the point of it? 
  • Doesn’t sound so easy to achieve, (it isn’t so easy to achieve), so why would you want to? 
  • What are the benefits of it?

What will I take away from this course into my daily life

The aspiration with this course is that participants will be able to integrate reflection skills into their daily lives. Whenever we are caught up in disturbing emotions, we can reflect on the root cause of our dissatisfaction and difficulties and apply knowledge accumulated in the course to overcome those emotions. By studying about the gradual path to awakening, we develop more conviction that we can free ourselves from suffering and help others do the same. 

Who is teaching the course

Martin Ström (session 1-9)
Martin is the founder and director of Yeshe Norbu Mind Training Centre. For almost 20 years he’s been on a mission to understand more about the mind, both from a western neuro scientific and an eastern contemplative perspective. Martin is a licensed CBT Psychologist and has practiced meditation for almost two decades. He is also a graduate of the two-year program Foundation of Buddhist Thought. Among other things, Martin has taught mindfulness in the corporate world as an accredited trainer of Corporate Based Mindfulness Training. He is also the co-author of three books; Fokus på jobbet in Swedish, and I’m Sorry You Were Saying and The Mind of The Leader in English.

Venerable Michael Lobsang Yeshe (session 10-14)
Venerable Michael was born in London in 1966 to a Greek father and a Belgian mother, and was raised in Kopan Monastery in Nepal and has been a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition since the age of 7. At age 13, he entered the Sera Jey Monastic University in South India where he spent the next 18 years studying Buddhist Philosophy. Since 1996, Ven Michael Yeshe has been invited to Buddhist centres in America, Singapore, Malaysia and Holland as a translator and teacher. For the last 11 years he had been residing at the Tara Institute in Melbourne where he served as translator for the Tibetan Buddhist master Venerable Geshe Doga.

When is it

Start and end dates: April 15 2020 – October 2020

Session duration: 18.00-20.30

Number of sessions: 14. Session 1-9: April 15 – June 10, 2020. Session 10-14: September-October 2020.

Day of the week: Wednesdays

Good to know 

We have a fika break. 

Course price

Regular price: 1820 kr

Reduced price: 1460 kr – 20% discount for students, retired and unemployed. Use “Reduced course fee” coupon to use this discount. 

More about this course

Below is a short description of each session. 

Session 1 – Realizing Your Greatest Potential

  • Welcome and motivation
  • What is your greatest potential
  • What makes life meaningful
  • What is bodhichitta
  • Four Noble Truths
  • Hinayana and Mahayana
  • Questions

Session 2 – Benefits of Bodhichitta

  • Motivation meditation
  • Bodhichitta vs self-cherishing
  • Benefits of bodhichitta

Session 3 – Methods for Developing Bodhichitta

  • Methods for developing bodhichitta
  • Sevenfold cause and effect
  • Equanimity
  • Developing equanimity using meditation
  • Meditation: Equanimity
  • Equanimity (continued)

Session 4 – Recognizing All Beings as Mother

  • Motivation meditation
  • Recognizing all sentient beings as mother

Session 5 – Remembering the Kindness of All Beings

  • Motivation
  • Remembering the kindness
  • Meditation: Remembering the kindness of all sentient beings

Session 6 – Wishing to Repay the Kindness

  • Motivation
  • Wishing to repay the kindness
  • Questions

Session 7 – Great Love

  • Motivation
  • Great love
  • Meditation: Loving kindness

Session 8 – Compassion

  • Compassion
  • Questions on compassion
  • Benefits of compassion
  • Meditation: Four-Arm Chenrezig
  • Superior intention
  • Need to practice

Session 9 – Summary of Sevenfold Cause and Effect

  • Motivation
  • Bodhichitta
  • Summary: sevenfold cause and effect
  • Meditation: Sevenfold cause and effect
  • Bodhichitta

Session 10 – Equalizing and Exchanging

  • Motivation
  • Equalizing and exchanging
  • Equalizing

Session 11 – The Disadvantages of Self-Cherishing and the Advantages of Cherishing Others

  • Motivation
  • Disadvantages of self-cherishing
  • Questions
  • Advantages of cherishing others
  • Exchanging self for others

Session 12 – Tong Len: Taking and Giving

  • Motivation
  • Tong Len: Taking and giving
  • Meditation: Tong Len

Session 13 – Wishing and Engaging Bodhichitta

  • Motivation
  • Combined method
  • Wishing and engaging bodhichitta
  • Bodhisattva vows
  • Meditation: Equalizing and exchanging

Session 14 – The Six Perfections

  • Six perfections
  • Benefits of six perfections
  • Causes for practicing six perfections
  • Definition of six perfections
  • Definition of six perfections (continued)
  • Conclusion

 

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Course Length

14 weeks (of which 9 weeks in spring 2020)

Speakers for this event

  • Martin Ström

    Martin Ström

    Martin is the Director of Yeshin Norbu. For almost 20 years he’s been on a mission to understand more about the mind, both from a western neuro scientific and an eastern contemplative perspective. Martin is a licensed CBT Psychologist and has practiced meditation for almost two decades. He is a graduate of the two-year program Foundation of Buddhist Thought. Martin teaches mindfulness in the corporate world as an accredited trainer of Corporate Based Mindfulness Training. He is also the co-author of three books: Fokus på jobbet, I’m Sorry You Were Saying and The Mind of The Leader. This semester Martin is leading our Foundations of Mindfulness courses and half day retreats, the lunch time drop-in mindfulness meditation (on Mondays and Fridays) and the introduction to mindfulness and meditation evenings.

  • Venerable Michael Yeshe

    Venerable Michael Yeshe

    Venerable Michael was born in London in 1966 to a Greek father and a Belgian mother. He was raised in Kopan Monastery in Nepal and has been a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition since the age of 7. At age 13, he entered the Sera Jey Monastic University in South India where he spent the next 18 years studying Buddhist Philosophy. Since 1996, Ven Michael Yeshe has been invited to Buddhist centres in America, Singapore, Malaysia and Holland as a translator and teacher. For 11 years he was residing at the Tara Institute in Melbourne where he served as translator for Venerable Geshe Doga. During the autumn 2020 Venerable Michael is resident teacher at Yeshin Norbu and leads our courses and retreats connected to the Discovering Buddhism study program, Introduction to Buddhism, Introduction to Buddhist meditation, Buddhism in a nutshell, Meditation evening with Venerable Michael, We practice together and Nyung-nä retreat.

Course Level

Intermediate

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