The Four Mind Changings

Bear Gokan Bonebakker, Senior Monastic

Zen Center of New York City, 12/01/2019

Senior monastic Gokan, reflecting on cultivating appreciation and giving thanks, brings up the Four Mind Changings as as ways to help our understanding of the Dharma. Sometimes referred to as the Four Remembrances, these are thought of as preliminaries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, preparing our minds to receive further teachings. These four are: appreciating the human life we have, understanding impermanence, understanding karma, and understanding samsara. Developing a deeper awareness of these can serve to change our narrow, self-grasping view and support us on the path of practice.