Atisha 19th c., detail. © Himalayan Art Collection

Curriculum for Practice

Compiled by the 14th Shamarpa

Core Practices

The core system of practice for Bodhi Path centers is the Seven Points of Mind Training (Tibetan: Lojong).

The foundation of Mind Training is calm-abiding meditation (Tibetan: shiné, Sanskrit: shamatha) which helps develop mental peace, stability, and focus.

With a calm mind comes the ability to practice insight meditation (Tibetan: lhaktong, Sanskrit: vipasyana), which involves analysis of mind's true nature.

Through these practices of calm-abiding and insight we can remove the veils of ignorance and confusion which prevent us from experiencing the peace and clarity that is already present within our minds.