The Eight Verses of Training the Mind by Geshe Langri Thangpa
with Geshe Konchog Kyab
Geshe Konchog Kyab will give teachings on The Eight Verses of Training the Mind the famous spiritual poem composed by the 11th century Tibetan Bodhisattva Geshe Langri Tangpa.
This famous spiritual poem reveals the essence of the Mahayana path to enlightenment and is one of the most important texts from a genre of Tibetan spiritual writings known as LoJong (literally “mind training“).
These teachings offer the means for transforming our self-centered attitudes into genuine altruism and reveals the essence of the Mahayana path to enlightenment.
The first seven verses give the basis for a systematic training in the methods for cultivating compassion and Bodhichitta, the heart of the enlightened mind; the eighth verse deals with the practices that are directed toward cultivating the wisdom aspect of the path that enables us to see the true nature of reality.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama refers to this work as one of the main sources of his own inspiration and includes it in his daily meditations.
Geshe Konchog Kyab gives a brief overview of his background and announces his upcoming class on “The Eight Verses of Training the Mind by Geshe Langri Thangpa”.
Text: The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation by Geshe Langri Thangpa, at the FPMT Store
Version shared by Geshe-la on Sunday (PDF)
Meditation on Equanimity – excerpt from How To Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life (p. 5) by The Dalai Lama His Holiness; Hopkins Ph.D., Jeffrey. Atria Books. (PDF)
About the Teacher
Geshe Konchog Kyab was born in Sikkim, a small Himalayan region in the northeast part of India. Geshe la became a monk at a very young age in the year 1972 at Ser-Jey Monastery in South India. Geshe la received novice vows from the previous Kyabjey Ling Rinpoche and received full ordination vows from His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama in 1980.
In the monastery Geshe la continually studied all the major curriculum. In 1992 Geshe la graduated and received the Geshe degree, which is equivalent to a PhD in the West.
Kyabjey Lama Zopa Rinpoche invited Geshe la to an FPMT center in Florida in 2000. Geshe la stayed there as the resident teacher for 15 years. While in the United States Geshe la also gave teachings in many other parts of the USA at FPMT centers, and also taught in South American FPMT centers. Geshe la has taught at college universities, schools, and communities in Florida.
In 2015, Kyabjey Lama Zopa Rinpoche asked Geshe la to teach in Adelaide, Australia at the FPMT Center Buddha House. Geshe la stayed at Buddha House and taught for one year. Geshe la was then instructed by Kyabjey Lama Zopa Rinpoche to travel to Genova, Italy and become the resident teacher at Drulkar Chotsok (Tara Bianca FPMT Center). Geshe la speaks English fluently.