Social Tonglen

In a social remix of the classic Mahayana mind training practice, we breathe in suffering and breathe out love.

Core Instructions:

Frame:

______

Options:

Looping: "Suffering" (Bottom of Out Breath) & "Love" (Top of In Breath)

Compression:

1 Word

Order:

Synced with the In & Out Breath: Taking Turns or Each Breath

Size:

2+ players

Time:

X minutes

Attribution:

Ryan Oelke, Emily Horn, & Vince Fakhoury Horn

Additional Notes:

  • If you do the "Each Breath" order we suggest having a small groups of 3-4 people each. If you do the Taking Turns option the suggestion is to alternate the out-loud component from person-to-person, "Suffering" > "Love" > "Suffering" > "Love" and so forth.

  • You can also add in a visualization, to include the traditional element of Tonglen meditation, where on the in-breath one is inhaling a thick, dark cloud of suffering, and on the out-breath is exhaling a bright, radiating light.