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Taking the Essence: Integrating the Four Opponent Powers into Daily Life

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Taking the Essence: Integrating the Four Opponent Powers into Daily Life

Dates: Sep 4, 11, 18, 25

The four opponent powers are the power of dependence, the power of regret, the power of the remedy and the power of resolve. Reflecting on the shortcomings of creating negative karma is the power of regret, and the remedy that purifies that negative karma is creating virtue, such as reciting the Vajrasattva mantra, doing meditation and so forth—but generally any virtue. The power of resolve is [to determine] not to create that negative karma again.  –Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

In this course we will learn about the practical ways we can integrate an understanding of the four opponent powers to become more and more familiar with beneficial states of mind and reduce the tendencies and the habits that separate us from our own peace and can motivate actions that harm others. We will see that these four powers give a framework for constructing the meaningful life we want to live by causing genuine mental transformation, helping us to actually embody the spiritual qualities we seek. This class is open to all levels of students.

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