The Bodhisattva Peace Institute offers a variety of programs for training and taming the mind through the cultivation of bodhicitta, the awakened mind, based on a teaching format developed by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.

For the past 20 years, the BPI has offered trainings at Iron Knot Ranch as well as other venues across the United States. These trainings bring to a secular audience the tradition of the bodhisattva— the awakened warrior. As a result, the Bodhisattva Peace Institute has been able to offer activists, students, educators, and non-profits meditation techniques that inspire, inform, and strengthen their efforts and capacity. Lama Shenpen Drolma has offered trainings to organizations as varied as The Ghetto Film School, Praxis International, and Eureka Recycling.

Our trainings emphasize the use of contemplative meditation in action to diminish emotional reactivity and negative thoughts and actions within our daily lives. Through an exploration of cause and effect, we discover our own agency in world outcomes and begin to learn techniques to harness our inherent positive qualities and cut the root of negativity in our own lives.

We begin each training with the understanding that everything we repeat in the mind is meditation—every thought, every loop, every obsession. What we meditate on defines our worldview. The way we think informs what we say and do, and these actions have consequences in our lives and the lives of others. 

Once we’re aware of our own influence, we begin to understand how positivity or negativity can uplift or undermine our life goals or our organization’s mission. Having recognized where we are, we begin working to change the landscape of our minds and reduce negativity in our daily lives by practicing meditation in action. 

The growing polarity in our world, the systemic inability to communicate and work with one another across seemingly entrenched ideological lines, continues to inspire our work. Ultimately, we see the dissemination of these trainings as an effective means to bridge such divisions.

BPI trainings are offered by Lama Shenpen Drolma, resident lama of Iron Knot Ranch, who works with each student to make possible a thorough integration of teachings and practice within each individual’s life circumstances.

trainings

  • The Bodhisattva Peace Training

    The Bodhisattva Peace Training (BPT) is a three-day retreat offered twice a year at Iron Knot Ranch, or upon request at other venues around the country. Participants cultivate "good heart" and the qualities of awakened mind. Click here for upcoming BPTs.

  • Immersion Retreat Series

    This program consists of nine sequential eight-day retreats for those who have attended a Bodhisattva Peace Training and are interested in further exploring and developing bodhicitta, the awakened mind. Click here for upcoming Immersion Retreats.

For further information, contact The Bodhisattva Peace Institute at Iron Knot Ranch (bpi@ironknot.org).

additional resources

  • Change of Heart: The bodhisattva peace training of chagdud tulku

    Lama Shenpen compiled and edited Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche's Bodhisattva Peace Trainings into the book Change of Heart: The Bodhisattva Peace Training of Chagdud Tulku, which incorporates many dialogues that took place between Rinpoche and students from a variety of religious, political and occupational backgrounds. The meditations at the end of each chapter can be practiced sequentially, alone or in a group. For information on virtual, or in-person Change of Heart meditation groups contact bpi@ironknot.org.

  • the iron knot institute

    With roots in Mahayana Buddhist philosophy, The Iron Knot Institute offers a secular ethical framework for community conversations, personal and group meditation through a concise introduction to contemplative meditation. See Conspiracy to Create Virtue (CCV). More extensive training is available upon request. For more information contact CCVqueries@gmail.com.

The BPI trainings provided me with methods that gradually turned my mind from entrenched habits like judgement, anger, and frustration with the state of the world to a much more effective mindset of equanimity, love and compassion for all beings.
— Katie Davison

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