Mind Training and Dharma Practice :
The Interplay and Interface of Dharma Practice
with Everyday Life (1)

Chan Kin Keung (Yeshe Thaye)
Law Mei Ling (Pema Lhadren)

This concise course outline is meant to be a general guideline for reference purpose. The details of the whole course "The Practice of Tibetan Buddhism Series One : Mind Training and Dharma Practice," which was offered from September to December of 1999 in Hong Kong for 12 sessions,have been recorded in a set of 10 CDs, together with a very detailed color notebook, of forty-some pages, on the contents of the course. The set of CDs, with the notebook, are distributed in either English, Cantonese or Mandarin. For those interested persons who would like to continue on for more advanced study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism, they can fill in the "registration form" inside the set of CDs and then return it to the address shown, so that they can be registered for an advanced course ( of three sessions ) later on. The details of this advanced course, in terms of time and venue, will be notified in due course. The instructor for this advanced course is Yeshe Thaye ( Dr. Chan Kin Keung ), the instructor-in-charge of our Dudjom Buddhist Association. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of this journal "Light of Lotus" and the instructor for the set of 10 CDs. (See page 87)

Structure of the Course :
Using the Vajrayana Teachings as the frame of reference,
The Mahayana Teachings as the central theme, and
The Thervada Teachings as the point of departure.

Aims of the Course :
  1. "All Dharma practices are rooted in Life itself; how to practice the Dharma, and the means to maintain pure intention and pure awareness in one's daily life;
  2. The essential points and methods of "Mind Training" (Lojong);
  3. The side-tracks and mistakes of Dharma practice.

The basic knowledge of Vajrayana practices :
the wrongs and rights of Dharma practices

(A) The main reasons why it is hard to have improvements in Dharma practices, and also why some Dharma practitioners will even have setbacks :

(I) The reason is that there is a lack of foundation on "Mind Training" during one's Dharma practices. The Wrongs and Rights on the methods of "Mind Training":-

(a) Wrong: During the process of Dharma practice, there is no concept of and preparation for "Mind Training".

Right: The real meaning of Dharma practice is to train one's mind in order to permeate and penetrate all actions with an "enlightened mind",

Guru Rinpoche had mentioned :
"It is most important to merge one's mind with the Dharma, please remember this !"

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