Week 4 Summary Diagram
The Eight Worldly Concerns
The eight worldly concerns are divided into four pairs of opposites: gain and loss, praise and blame, good reputation and bad reputation, and pleasure and pain.
The Ten Innermost Jewels
This practice of the Kadampa masters, quite valuable as a way of overcoming the eight worldly concerns, are divided into three groups: the four trusting acceptances, the three vajra convictions, and the mature attitudes towards being expelled, finding, and attaining.
The Importance of Practicing the Dharma
"Just understanding what the wish to leave cyclic existence and the altruistic intention entail does not make you a real practitioner. These attitudes must be so deeply ingrained that they become the motivating force for everything you do." (Geshe Sonam Rinchen)
How to Do Analytical Meditation
When we do analytical meditation on a topic, we reflect on the various points, making an effort to understand the reasons, the quotations, and their applications to our life.
The Four Immeasurables
The four immeasurables are common to all Buddhist traditions: love, compassion, joy, and equanimity. Generating these four thoughts toward other beings is a prelude to generating bodhicitta. They permeate many aspects of our lives: our daily lives and relationships, our rebirths, our liberation, and our enlightenment.