The Power of Mind

Last year I was enjoying the teachings on LoJong by Khentrul Lodrö T’hayé Rinpoche on audio and wrote a little about the preliminary practices.

I am very excited to learn his new book on the topic will be released on September 6th. He is doing a book tour and will visit the Bay Area at the end of September. If you like to listen to books you can already get the audio version.

We’ve all heard platitudes about cultivating love and compassion, but how can we actually develop these qualities in ourselves and—crucially—share them in our world? The Power of Mind provides the proven path of lojong, or mind training, for changing our experience from the inside out.
Regardless of what’s happening in our lives, Khentrul Rinpoche teaches that our route to freedom lies in our minds. A thousand years ago, the Indian saint Atisha risked his life to seek out lojong teachings in Indonesia, and then brought them to Tibet, where they flourished and spread to the rest of the world. This book introduces those teachings—the Seven Key Points of Mind Training—which have been passed down from teacher to student for centuries. Khentrul Rinpoche was inspired by his own teachers, who like alchemists, were able to follow these techniques during the Cultural Revolution and transform their immense suffering into something positive.
The Power of Mind guides the reader through these transformative practices one by one—from recognizing the value of our human life to overcoming the sources of suffering, together with meditation advice for incorporating these insights into our daily lives. This wisdom is accessible to everyone—whether Buddhist or not. As Khentrul Rinpoche states, “Peace and happiness can be attained, but not by searching for something in the outside world. They start within us then extend out to the entire globe.”

Review: “If you train the mind, you can live a happy and fulfilled life. The Power of Mind is a practical manual sharing seven key points that form a complete training. Anyone can apply them to their lives—you don’t need to have any particular belief system to embrace the benefits. Khentrul Rinpoche shares his deep understanding of these teachings so that the subject is most relevant for these times.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Change

Khentrul Lodrö T’hayé Rinpoche is a United States-based Tibetan monk and the director of Katog Choling, a Tibetan Cultural Center. He oversees meditation groups across North America and in Australia and South Africa. He travels teaching seminars and leading retreats, and he now holds online retreats for his students around the globe. He is also the abbot of a monastery in Tibet. Khentrul Rinpoche is one of the only monks in the world with three khenpo degrees—equivalent to three PhDs in Buddhist philosophy. Many of his students have nicknamed him “the mind training Khenpo” for his passion for teaching mind training practices.

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Cultivating Loving Kindness Group

I am pleased to announce that a group of us are going to be getting together and cultivating loving-kindness through seven point mind training. Our drop in class and peer support group will focus on applying time tested Buddhist techniques for transforming all circumstances, including pain, anxiety and stress into mental well-being for the benefit of ourselves and those around us.

This practice is designed for bring adversity onto the path of total transformation. Perfect for times when the world is crazy and people are reacting to external events with fear and hostility. We’ve explored the idea before (August 28 2022 post) about how external events cannot possibly be a source of happiness. The lojong training (literally “mind practice) allows us to be the calm in the midst of the storm. The peaceful centered way of being that results from practice will ripple out into the world to create real change.

Despite the craziness of focusing outward to create happiness, the habit of doing so is deeply entrenched. This is why I am forming a group to create a supportive environment for making the changes that can be quite alien to the “normal” world. When going against ingrained habits, it takes continual reminders to create change. The power that comes when working together is a great aid.

Even if you cannot join us in person, I encourage you to embrace the practice by following my blog posts and getting the new book by Khentrul Rinpoche. If you are ready for a beautiful and radical transformation, seven point mind training could be just the ticket.

West Jordan, Utah – Meet & Greet

Developing Awareness Can Help End Anxiety and Depression!

Meet & Greet with Dr. Dorena Rode

West Jordan Barnes & Noble in Utah hosts award winning speaker/author Dr. Dorena Rode as she launches her latest book, Developing Awareness, with a meet and greet on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 4:00-7:00pm.

Developing Awarness Book CoverIn Developing Awareness, the reader is inspired and encouraged to look within for personal answers. Dorena describes her process of questioning the modus operandi and trusting her own knowing in this collection of fun and light-hearted personal stories. To further aid inner exploration this 10th Anniversary Edition includes additional questions and tools to help the reader end depression, stop anxiety, and explore/expand their consciousness/awareness/mindfulness.

Dorena has become free of anxiety and depression despite being severely abused as a child, repressing all the memories of that abuse, and moving into adulthood being numbed out and dissociated. She demonstrates in this collection of stories that anyone can develop awareness and uncover greater knowing regardless of their initial capacity. With 25% of the US adult population suffering from depression or anxiety her message of creating inner peace is inspirational and timely.

Lynne Cockrum-Murphy, Ed.D., LISAC writes:

The Answers Are Within-A Collection of Personal Stories Volume 1: Developing Awareness is an excellent, deeply satisfying read of honest self-expression of pain, growth, and truth. Dr. Rode teaches the reader how to go deep, then shows how worthwhile the search and inner work is in achieving inner peace. In sharing her awakening, she lights the path for others.

April (Amazon review of first edition):

I am so inspired by this book from the first moment I started reading it I felt uplifted and ready to look within.

Dorena Rode is an award-winning speaker with a Ph.D. in physiology (UC Davis) and a degree in behavioral health counseling (Rio Salado).  Her passion is to assist people in changing the habitual ways of living and thinking that no longer serve themAuthor's picture.  In her private practice and workshops, she operates from the premise that each person has the wisdom within them about what is best for them and an innate ability to heal completely from any ailment or trauma.

Dorena’s extensive knowledge of addiction, trauma, nutrition, energy medicine, physiology, personal recovery, ThetaHealing®, meditation, Access Consciousness®, and herbal medicine give her stories an engaging richness, while at the same time she provides the reader with practical tools from her own experience that will allow them to change anything that isn’t working in their life.  She currently lives in the Bay Area and is the author of four books, including The Twelve Steps as a Path to Enlightenment-How the Buddha Works the Steps.

Barnes & Noble is the largest retail bookseller in the United States, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products in the US. The company operates 638 retail stores and is the last remaining national bookstore chain.

Developing Awareness  $16.95 USA,  128 pages
ISBN/EAN13:  1941894100 / 978-1941894101

What:  Book talk and signing with Dorena Rode
When:  Friday, May 5, 2017, 4:00-7:00pm
Where:  West Jordan Barnes & Noble, 7157 Plaza Center Drive West Jordan, UT 84084

Event Contact:  801-282-1324,

Dorena Rode is available for pre-event phone interviews. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact  (707) 291-7731    Dorena’s blog: