Knoxville Community of Mindfulness

Lojong: Tibetan Mind Training
Two courses in 2021 - see dates below​

Five classes in course 

Offered twice (see dates below)

$70 suggested donation

The marriage of wisdom and compassion
In Tibetan Buddhism the practices of Lojong comprise a profound yet practical method for cultivating wisdom and compassion, the hallmarks of the awakened mind.  Lojong is a concise presentation of the entire path; it is said that when we practice this, we are practicing everything. The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul (McLeod, 2005.) will be used in this class. Having a text is highly recommended but not a requirement for participating in the class.  Students may use a translation and commentary of their own choosing. If you decide not to purchase the Kongtrul text, you can read it online at this link: The Great Path of Awakening.  (Note that the page numbers are slightly different between the print and online versions.)

Each class includes teaching, written instructions, guided meditations, and time for Q&A.  Prior experience with mindfulness meditation is helpful.  These practices can be done by anyone, regardless of their spiritual tradition. After the classes end, a weekly follow-up meeting will be offered at no cost to answer questions and help you maintain a regular practice.

Classes meet weekly on Zoom.  When you submit your registration form, you will see the message: You have successfully registered, appear briefly above the submit button.  A few days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive the Zoom link  and a short reading.  If possible, please register at least one day prior to the first class so that you will have time to complete the short reading.  

There is a suggested donation of $70, which covers the five classes.  Any amount is gratefully accepted.  Your practice of  generosity makes it possible for those of limited means to participate in the class.

John Blackburn, Ph.D., has practiced meditation for over forty-five years, practicing intensively with teachers in the Vipassana, Zen, and Dzogchen traditions.  He leads a local meditation group, the Knoxville Community of Mindfulness.  He also serves as member of the board of directors for Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC.

2021 Course Offerings

                                                           March 10-April 7                                       September 12-October 10
                                                                  Wednesdays                                                    Sundays
​                                                                 6:30-8:00 pm                                                4:00-5:30 pm

Registration NOW OPEN for September class. 

Note Registration Process Has Changed:  
When you submit your registration, a "successfully submitted" message will pop up.  Several days to a week prior to the start of the course you will receive an email with the Zoom link and a short preparation for the first class.