Lojong Point 7: Guidelines

This point has to do with how we go further in our day to day life. This is connected to an understanding of how we can have better behavior in our relationships and in our lives in general. 39. All Activities Should Be Done With One Intention The one intention is to cultivate bodhicitta, to [Read More…]

Lojong Point 6: Disciplines

This group of slogans is connected with the perfection of wisdom, prajnaparamita. They are connected with sharpening our awareness to help us work with ourselves. Wisdom cuts through ignorance. We are cultivating a sense of awareness and mindfulness that will develop us on the bodhisattva path. It’s our sense of wisdom that allows us to [Read More…]

Lojong Point 5: Evaluation

This group of slogans is connected with the perfection of meditation. We are beginning to develop great awareness and mindfulness. 19. All Of The Teachings Are Really One All of the teachings are rooted in taming the mind and managing the ego. That is the point of this slogan. We tame our wandering minds with [Read More…]

Lojong Point 4: Make Practice Your Life

This group of slogans is connected with the perfection of diligence. Diligence means that we aren’t lazy in our practice, we are motivated and determined. When we talk about laziness we’re talking about lack of joy on the path. We can think of diligence as developing an appreciation for what we’re doing. The path shouldn’t [Read More…]

Lojong Point 3: Bad Circumstances are the Path

This group of slogans is connected with the perfection of patience. This represents our forbearance, our ability to face the difficulties of life without letting them carry us away. The opposite of this is the poison of aversion. This is the capacity to experience difficult with strength and endurance. This section contains six slogans. 11. [Read More…]

Lojong Point Two: Training in Bodhicitta

This is where things really start. The way of the Bodhisattva is the way of compassion and wisdom, of realizing your own boundless potential. It comes from realizing that Enlightenment is our true nature, that we have a basic goodness and wakefulness that is fundamental to our being. Bodhicitta is what the diligence of the [Read More…]

Lojong Point One: Train in the Preliminaries

POINT ONE: Train in the Preliminaries 1)Resolve to Begin This involves everything that has led us to the path of the Bodhisattva. It’s hard to view our past as part of the path, especially when our past may have been particularly difficult. But the truth is everything that’s happened to us before now has led [Read More…]

What Is Lojong?

Lojong is a set of techiniques for training the mind. These techniques are designed to open our hearts and awaken our minds. There are fifty nine slogans and they offer us a lot of help in transcending our egotism and putting down the baggage we are carrying. The fifty nine slogans have been used by [Read More…]

The Only Zen You Can Find….

“The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” – Robert M. Pirsig This is about Enlightenment. To come to Enlightenment we have to see our true nature. Our true nature is Enlightenment. Enlightenment isn’t something far away that we’re chasing. We have innate wakefulness and [Read More…]

Emptiness and Meditation

Contemplating emptiness can be a meditative experience, if we can get into a goalless mindset, that is if we can come to a point of view that awareness and realization aren’t important. It’s hard for us to think that way because cultivating awareness is exactly what we’re trying to do on the path, but we [Read More…]