Lama Tsultrim Sangpo is the resident teacher during Gomde’s summer teaching season. A senior monk and chant master at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Kathmandu, Lama Tsultrim completed the traditional three year retreat under the guidance of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and currently trains the younger monks at the monastery in the practice of the ritual arts.
At Gomde Lama Tsultrim offers traditional teachings on core Buddhist texts as part of the Buddhist Studies Summer Program, guides meditators in the residential retreat program, and officiates Gomde’s ritual practices.
Eight Verses of Training the Mind
RYI Buddhist Studies Summer Program, July 2017
In these practical teachings given at Gomde California, Lama Tsultrim Sangpo offers an accessible explanation of the Eight Verses of Training the Mind by Geshe Langri Thangpa. These lojong teachings are primarily about relative and absolute bodhichitta, and how we train our conditioned mind to approach and access ultimate truth. First, we are taught the importance of acknowledging the kindness of others and of reducing our pride. Next, we learn how to abandon negative emotions, the source of all our difficulties and how train in patience, the supreme austerity. We are taught how to bring unpleasant words on to the path as part of the heart of the lojong teachings, and how to remain patient when someone returns our kindness with abuse. We then receive a summary of the verses as methods for awakening. In the final verse on wisdom, Lama Tsultrim Sangpo teaches us how to approach the eight worldly concerns from the perspective of a genuine practitioner.
Translated by Catherine Dalton