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DB Module 11: Transforming problems

Module 11 – Transforming Problems
Required and Suggested Readings

The following readings are required for all students following this program for a Discovering Buddhism Completion Certificate*. These readings are available with this course in PDF format:.

  • Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Page 4 of PDF)
  • Mahayana Thought Transformation, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Page 15 of PDF)
  • When Problems Come, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Page 20 of PDF)

The following extracts from The Wish-Fulfilling Golden Sun, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche are required reading and are provided in PDF Format. (The full version of this text is also available as a PDF download)

  • The Wish-Fulfilling Golden Sun, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, pp. 106–110 (PDF)
  • The Wish-Fulfilling Golden Sun, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, pp. 114–142) (PDF)

The following books are also part of the required readings.

  • Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, (1997 gold edition (pp. 589–625) or 2006 blue edition (pp. 537-572) – Published by Wisdom Publications
  • Transforming Problems into Happiness, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche – Published by Wisdom Publications
  • Transforming the Mind, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama – Published by Thorsons, or alternatively
  • Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by Geshe Sonam Rinchen – Published by Snow Lion Publications

The following Practice text is required and is provided in PDF format.

Transforming Problems- Suggestions for Further Study

The following books and videos are suggested as additional resources for students who wish to deepen their understanding of the material in this course.

Suggested Texts

Suggested Videos and DVDs

  • Lojong: Transforming the Mind, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama – Published by Snow Lion Publications
  • Peace through Human Understanding, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama – Published by Meridian Trust
  • Transforming Your Mind by Practicing Dharma DVD, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (FPMT)
  • The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation DVD, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (FPMT)

Suggested Integration Practices

* Please be reminded that all “requirements” apply only to those who choose to follow this program for a Completion Certificate. This is a personal choice that one can make at any time during the program.

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

You will learn how to overcome distraction, develop tools for transforming disturbing emotions into constructive mental states, and cultivate a sense of contentment and satisfaction with life. 

In this course you will learn the basics about Buddhist meditation and train in various meditation techniques. 

The course is suitable for people encountering both meditation and Buddhism for the first time, as well as for people who have done some meditation in other traditions but would like to know more about how meditation is practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It provides an overview of meditation and basic meditation techniques, including breathing meditation, mindfulness meditation, visualization meditation, and analytical meditation. It includes an explanation of what kinds of skills are developed in meditation and how to apply them in daily life.

Each session consists of teachings, Q&A session, and guided meditations suitable for beginners.

The course consists of five sessions: 

Session 1: Meditation in Buddhism

Session 2: Mind in Buddhism

Session 3: Types of meditation and obstacles to meditation

Session 4: The meditation session, meditation place, and visualization meditation

Session 5: Meditation stops the roller coaster of emotions

What will I take away into my daily life?

You will learn to identify unhelpful mental states, such as a distraction and dullness and apply methods to transform them into constructive ones, such as focus and clarity. You will also develop emotional awareness and resilience. You will be able to develop a daily meditation practice. 

Course material

You will have access to course notes, guided meditations, and homework assignments. Recommended reading: “How to Meditate” by Kathleen McDonald which you can buy at our bookshop. 

Is this course for me?

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation and Buddhism in a nutshell are 5 week introductory courses from FPMT. Introduction to Buddhist Meditation can be done either before or after the introductory course Buddhism in a Nutshell, in which Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and principles are explored more extensively. However, if you are new to both Buddhism and meditation it is recommended to begin with Introduction to Buddhist Meditation.

Buddhism in a Nutshell

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THE COURSE BOOK

DB module 10: How to develop Bodhichitta

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The following readings are required for all students following this program for a Discovering Buddhism Completion Certificate*. These readings are available in a combined PDF or in individual PDFs below.

The following books are also part of the required readings and a link to these books in the Foundation Store is provided.

How to Develop Bodhichitta – Suggestions for Further Study

The following books and videos are suggested as additional resources for students who wish to deepen their understanding of the material in this course.

Suggested Texts

Sessions

Foundations of Selflessness

Path to Awakening – Stephan Pende

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Foundations of Mindfulness

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