About Study of Mind

Instead of viewing absence of mental illness as good mental health, Siddhartha (later to be known as Buddha), raised the bar to aspire for a state of mental flourishing, where one arrives at a ʻcomplete cessation of sufferingʼ. According to Siddhartha, until one arrives at the true nature of reality, one is subject to uncertainty and hence, stress/grief/ pain – Suffering.

With systematic training of attention (shamatha), analyzing emotions (vipassana), and mindfulness (contemplating key concepts like impermanence) Siddhartha realized the true nature of phenomenon as it appears perceptually. Thanks to a long lineage of practitioners, Buddha eventually demonstrated that the ʻmind can be trained.ʼ Indian Scholars like Shantideva wrote from their experience that,ʻOne need not be a slave to emotions.ʼ Unfortunately, most of the knowledge systems were destroyed over the years and were not even missed. With the arrival of Tibetan Buddhist Scholars, Indian panditas & Mahasiddhas were re-cognized once again. Indians are in the process of re-claiming the lost heritage of Nagarjuna, Shantideva, Chandrakirti, Vasubandhu, Asanga, and other such masters of Wisdom, Meditation & Ethics.

The Nalanda Tradition is a lineage of Indian scholars who followed in the footsteps of the Buddha, achieving both, scholarly renown and experiential liberation. This tradition has been kept alive by a long lineage of Tibetan Buddhist Practitioners, and is now being offered back to India.

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The 84,000 Project: It is believed that Buddha taught 84,000 different techniques as per the capacity and mental disposition of various sentient beings. An ambitious project titled 84000 is attempting to translate the words of the Buddha (Sutras) & Commentaries (Shastras) by Indian & Tibetan Panditas.

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