This study group meets the first and third Thursdays of every month, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM PST. On Zoom. The link is here and on the Dekeling.community home page.
Atisha’s Mind Training in Seven Points is one of the best-known teachings in the mind training (lojong) tradition. It includes the practice of taking and sending (tonglen). The Seven Points comprise a complete path, with instructions and guidance that cover all the essential points of Mahayana Buddhism.
Suggested commentaries include but are not limited to
Start Where You Are : A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chödrön
Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness by Chogyam Trungpa
The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind by Traleg Rinpoche
Enlightened Courage: An Explanation of the Seven-Point Mind by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Advice from a Spiritual Friend by Geshe Rabten, and Brian Beresford
A Recommended Article: Lojong: How to Awaken Your Heart, Pema Chödrön, Shambhala Sun, Sept. 2003 – here
If it is happiness you seek,
First tolerate suffering.
Without experiencing tears,
You will not appreciate laughter.
Chengnawa Lodrö Gyaltsen (spyan snga ba blo gros rgyal mtshan, 1402-1472), quoted by Shabkar, in bka’ gdams sprul pa’i glegs bam, fol. 177b