Buddhism with an Attitude: The Tibetan Seven-Point Mind by B. Alan Wallace

By B. Alan Wallace

During this publication the writer explains a primary kind of psychological education known as lojong, that may actually be translated as attitudinal education.

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The seed won't vanish, but it will not sprout. The first of the four remedial powers is remorse, regarding a misdeed as detrimental. Remorse is sincerely focusing on a misdeed, taking responsibility for it, and regretting having done it. Remorse also includes acknowledging consequences. Just as remorse is a step toward nullifying the impact of a negative karmic seed, rejoicing in virtue empowers its positive karma. Tsongkhapa said that the easiest way to empower the mind in virtue is to take delight in virtue.

The Second Point moves directly to the contemplative investigation of the nature of reality and consciousness itself. The brief mnemonic of the text encapsulates some of the deepest insight practices in Tibetan Buddhism. The insight practices taught here probe the nature of consciousness and its relation to reality, which is the mystery to be revealed. The stability referred to is meditative stability, mental balance, the prerequisite to the contemplative investigation of the ultimate nature of mind and reality.

Misunderstanding actions and their consequences can be disastrous. The Buddhist response to the non-virtues we all commit while strapped to the wheel of samsara can be inspiring and encouraging. The Buddhist teaching is that it is possible to neutralize negative karmic seeds embedded in the stream of consciousness. Deeds cannot be undone, but it is possible to purify one's mind-stream so that the impact of karmic seeds will be nullified. " The metaphor for the effectiveness of the four remedial powers is that of burning a seed.

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