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The teachings on mind training, or lojong, are an invaluable aid to practitioners because they show us how the wisdom and skillful means of the. When I first read the lojong (“mind training”) teachings in The Great Path of Awakening by the nineteenth-century Tibetan teacher Jamgön. Judy edited Chogyam Trungpa’s Training the Mind (Shambhala, ), which contains Trungpa Rinpoche’s commentaries on the lojong.

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We secretly give all our well-being and happiness to other living beings and secretly take on all their injury and suffering. Whether we learn or not depends on our way of thinking and our ability to bring everything onto the path of practice. The first verse reads: An anthology of lojong texts created through the trainint and guidance of Alak Zenkar Rinpoche.

Mind Training (Lojong)

The section headings were added by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. When we are engaged in the meditations taught in these verses, we need to be very careful that our practice is not tainted by the eight worldly concerns wishing for happiness, fame, praise, and gain while fearing their opposites, suffering, insignificance, blame, and loss.

You can watch the recording below or on YouTube. Retrieved April 15, Attaining liberation or omniscience depends on the quality of our relationships with others. My lump of tsampa is worth more than your experience and realization. Retrieved from ” https: The spiritual teacher, therefore, points out clearly what we need to change.

In everything I do, I will watch my mind.

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Through practice, we come to see all phenomena as illusion-like and thereby avoid mistaken ways of perceiving and understanding. InShambhala Publications published Training in Compassion: Why did Phakmo Drukpa have to wait so long? Were our faults illuminated? According to one account, Chekhawa saw a text on his cell-mate’s bed, open to the phrase: It is similar with someone who is suffering from illness and so forth, so we can remain in equanimity.


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The key point is being alert to the movement of our mind, and this will allow us the time to turn an affliction around. These slogans are further organized into seven groupings, called the “7 Points of Lojong”.

Later it was taught more widely and the motivation was emphasized: Whether they are one or the other depends on the way we relate to them.

On the contrary, if the afflictions and poisons are present in our being, liberation or unchanging happiness will be impossible to find. If we offer it to one person, another person cannot have it.

If we can do this, an excellent connection is created and our bodhichitta will grow. In general, when we relate to ill-tempered people, their bad temper, in fact, is not ours, so lohong is not a lojont, as it does not harm us. For one thing, material resources are limited so, to take a simple example, if we have only one apple, to whom will we give it? This prayer of aspiration covers the entire Buddhist path, but places special emphasis on the cultivation of bodhicitta in its various forms.

Eight Verses of Training the Mind Eight Verses of Training the Mind by Geshe Langri Thangpa These eight verses, which are now regularly transmitted around the world by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, succinctly convey the compassionate attitude, humility and uncompromising vision of a true bodhisattva—as encapsulated in the text’s most famous and most striking lines: The eighth verse reads: We place the defeat on the mind that takes things to ttaining real or that clings to a self and we give the victory to the mind that cares for others.


The fifty-nine or so slogans that form the root text of the mind training practice are designed as a set of antidotes to undesired mental habits that cause suffering. This is among the best known and most commonly taught commentaries on the popular mind training slogans.

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We can develop these abilities to the point that we are happy to meet with anyone. The seven points cover: On the other hand, if we are fixated on our own way trainkng thinking and keep ourselves in the center of the frame, we lose the chance to expand our horizons. The reason for holding ourselves lower and others higher can be illustrated by an example. The Kadampa elders advised that as we are moving trainin our daily lives and see an affliction arising, we should immediately and forcefully press it back down.