Training the Mind
We recognize our freedom to work skillfully with thoughts, emotions and perceptions through meditation and refection, so as to clarify confusion and give rise to wisdom.
- We examine our motivation deeply, looking at the consequences of what we think, say and do.
- In order to tame, train and transform our minds, we set aside time to study and practice the teachings of Buddha.
- As often as we can, we examine our minds, to undermine habits of clinging, hostility and indifference, and enhance qualities of faith, self-discipline, generosity, study, decency, self-control and wisdom.
Entering the Vajrayana Path
Individuals who choose to follow the Vajrayana path, and be guided by a master as set out in the Vajrayana and Dzogchen teachings can only do so by making a formal request for this level of spiritual guidance. They will receive teachings on the ethics and commitments specific to Vajrayana and Dzogchen.
- Making such a formal request is a serious step, which should come only after discussion with experienced instructors about the nature of the teachings and what it means to receive this guidance. It should be based on a strong foundation of study, practice, investigation and contemplation by the student, developed over a period of time.
- It is the responsibility of the Vajrayana master to prepare the student for the master-disciple relationship.
- Such formal requests are completely optional and voluntary, and when made by a student, constitute consent to this level of spiritual guidance.