Seven Points of Mind Training

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Seven Points of Mind Training (Tib. བློ་སྦྱོངས་དོན་བདུན་མ་, Wyl. blo sbyong don bdun ma) — the famous instruction on 'mind training' (Tib. བློ་སྦྱོང་, lojong) brought to Tibet by Lord Atisha and written down by Geshe Chekawa. The seven points are:

  1. The Preliminaries to Mind Training (སྔོན་འགྲོ་རྟེན་གྱི་ཆོས་སེམས་པ་, sngon 'gro rten gyi chos sems pa)
  2. The Main Practice of Training the Mind in Bodhichitta (དངོས་གཞི་བྱང་ཆུབ་ཀྱི་སེམས་སྦྱོངས་བ་, dngos gzhi byang chub kyi sems sbyong ba)
  3. Transforming Adversity into the Path of Awakening (རྐྱེན་ངན་བྱང་ཆུབ་ཀྱི་ལམ་དུ་བསྒྱུར་བ་, rkyen ngan byang chub kyi lam du bsgyur ba)
  4. Applying the Practice Throughout One's Whole Life (ཚེ་གཅིག་གི་ཉམས་ལེན་དྲིལ་ནས་བསྟན་པ་, tshe gcig gi nyams len dril nas bstan pa)
  5. The Measure or Signs of Proficiency in Mind Training (བློ་འབྱོངས་པའི་ཚད་དམ་རྟགས་, blo 'byongs pa'i tshad dam rtags)
  6. The Commitments of Mind Training (བློ་སྦྱོང་གི་དམ་ཚིག་, blo sbyong gi dam tshig)
  7. The Precepts of Mind Training (བློ་སྦྱོང་གི་བསླབ་བྱ་, blo sbyong gi bslab bya)

Chekawa's original text was not arranged into these seven points. This was done later by his disciple, Sechilphuwa Özer Shyönnu (aka Chökyi Gyaltsen) (1121-1189).

Tibetan Commentaries

According to Thupten Jinpa, the translator and editor of Mind Training—The Great Collection (see 'Introduction', pages 11-12), the most well-known commentaries from Tibetan teachers on the Seven Points of Mind Training are:

  1. Sechilphuwa Özer Shyönnu’s (twelfth century) commentary compiled from Geshe Chekawa’s own lectures
  2. Gyalsé Tokmé Zangpo’s (fourteenth century) commentary
  3. Shonu Gyalchok’s (fourteenth century) Compendium of All Well-Uttered Insights
  4. Müchen Könchok Gyaltsen’s (fifteenth century) Supplement to Oral Transmission
  5. Radrengpa’s (fifteenth century) Stream of the Awakening Mind
  6. Hortön Namkha Pel’s (fifteenth century) Mind Training: Rays of the Sun
  7. The First Dalai Lama Gendün Drup’s (fifteenth century) Lucid and Succint Guide to Mind training
  8. Khedrup Sangye Yeshe’s (sixteenth century) How to Integrate into One’s Mind the Well-Known Seven-Point Mind Training
  9. Kalden Gyatso’s (seventeenth century) Dispelling the Darkness of Mind
  10. Yongzin Yeshe Gyaltsen’s (eighteenth century) Essence of Ambrosia
  11. Ngulchu Dharmabhadra’s (eighteenth century) Heart Jewel of the Bodhisattvas
  12. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s (nineteenth century) Seeds of Benefit and Well-Being

[only commentaries #1 and 4 appear in The Great Collection anthology]

Translations and Contemporary Commentaries

In English

  • B. Alan Wallace, Seven Point Mind Training, Snow Lion Publications, 2004
  • B. Alan Wallace, Buddhism with an Attitude, Snow Lion Publications, 2003
  • Dalai Lama, Awakening the Mind, Lightening the Heart, the Dalai Lama (based on a commentary entitled The Rays of the Sun, by Hortön Namkha Pel, a disciple of Tsongkhapa), Harper San Francisco, 1995
  • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Enlightened Courage, Editions Padmakara, 1992
  • Chögyam Trungpa, Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving Kindness, Shambhala, 1993
  • Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, Achieving Bodhichitta, Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Press, 1999
  • Geshe Rabten & Geshe Dhargyey, Advice for a Spiritual Friend, Wisdom Publications, 1996
  • Geshe Thupten Jinpa (translator), Mind Training: The Great Collection (as part of an anthology of early lojong texts), Wisdom Publications, 2005
  • Gomo Tulku, Becoming a Child of the Buddhas, Wisdom Publications, 1998
  • Jamgön Kongtrul, The Great Path of Awakening, translated by Ken McLeod, Shambhala, 2005
  • Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are, Shambhala Publications, 2001
  • Ringu Tulku Mind Training, Snow Lion Publications, 2007
  • Traleg Kyabgon, Benevolent Mind, Zhyisil Chokyi Publications, 2004
  • Traleg Kyabgon, The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion Through Training the Mind, Shambhala Publications, 2007
  • Zhechen Gyaltsab Gyurmed Padma Namgyal, Path of Heroes: Birth of Enlightenment (two volumes), Dharma Press, 1995

In French

Teachings on the Seven Points of Mind Training Given to the Rigpa Sangha

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