Saturday, August 22, 2009

Turning Suffering and Happiness into Enlightenment

Turning Suffering and Happiness Into Enlightenment - Sogyal Rinpoche

Transforming Problems into Happiness - Buddhist Mind Training Course

In this compilation of teachings, Sogyal Rinpoche introduces and essentialises Dodrupchen Jikme Tenpé Nyima's Kyiduk Lamkhyer, or Turning Suffering and Happiness into Enlightenment, heart-advice that brings together "a hundred different crucial instructions into one single point."

One of the mind's most marvelous qualities is that it can be transformed. Turning Suffering and Happiness into Enlightenment shows how we can purify our conditioned mind, and gain independence and freedom from it. We effect change within ourselves by working with our attitude. If we can conquer our perceptions, then everything we perceive and everything that appears will be a cause for happiness. A true practitioner sees suffering as something that inspires renunciation and as a joyful opportunity for the purification of negative karma. Such a practitioner would welcome happiness with gratitude, and recognize it as a wonderful opportunity for investing in the positive actions of generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditation and wisdom.

The following material is used in the Rigpa Study and Practice Program, 'The Heart of Compassion - Part One': Turning Suffering and Happiness Into Enlightenment. These teachings are divided by session and follow the root text.


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