Seven Points for Training the Mind
‘May I be the doctor and the nurse for all beings, until the world is cured. May I be food for the hungry, and wealth for the poor. May I be a protector for the unprotected, a guide for the lost, and a boat to the other shore. May I be a lamp for those who need light, and a bed for those who need rest. May I be a servant to all beings.’
The Seven Point Mind Training is a systematic way to develop the desire to awaken for the sake of all beings: bodhicitta. Another description of bodhicitta is the heart’s longing for freedom, or ‘the arising of ‘the will to enlightenment’ that we know from the puja. The mind training utilises all aspects of life for practice. Anything that happens in our lives and our experience can become a doorway into understanding the nature of reality or a ground for practising the Dharma for the benefit of all beings. This is a retreat for aspiring bodhisattvas!