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Lojong

Postby Jade » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:07 pm

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Lojong is mind training, a practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on a set of aphorisms formulated in Tibet in the 12th century by Geshe Chekhawa. The practice involves refining and purifying one's motivations and attitudes.

The fifty-nine or so proverbs that form the root text of the mind training practice are designed as a set of antidotes to undesired mental habits that cause suffering. They contain both methods to expand one's viewpoint towards absolute bodhicitta, such as "Find the consciousness you had before you were born." and "Treat everything you perceive as a dream." , and methods for relating to the world in a more constructive way with relative bodhicitta, such as "Be grateful to everyone." and "When everything goes wrong, treat disaster as a way to wake up."


The 59 Slogans

ONE: The preliminaries, which are the basis for dharma practice
    1. First, train in the preliminaries.

TWO: The main practice, which is training in bodhicitta.
    2. Regard all dharmas as dreams.
    3. Examine the nature of unborn awareness.
    4. Self-liberate even the antidote.
    5. Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence.
    6. In postmeditation, be a child of illusion.
    7. Sending and taking should be practiced alternately. These two should ride the breath.
    8. Three objects, three poisons, three roots of virtue.
    9. In all activities, train with slogans.
    10. Begin the sequence of sending and taking with yourself.

THREE: Transformation of Bad Circumstances into the Way of Enlightenment
    11. When the world is filled with evil, transform all mishaps into the path of bodhi.
    12. Drive all blames into one.
    13. Be grateful to everyone.
    14. Seeing confusion as the four kayas is unsurpassable shunyata protection.
    15. Four practices are the best of methods.
    16. Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join with meditation.

FOUR: Showing the Utilization of Practice in One's Whole Life
    17. Practice the five strengths, the condensed heart instructions.
    18. The mahayana instruction for ejection of consciousness at death is the five strengths: how you conduct yourself is important.

FIVE: Evaluation of Mind Training
    19. All dharma agrees at one point.
    20. Of the two witnesses, hold the principal one.
    21. Always maintain only a joyful mind.
    22. If you can practice even when distracted, you are well trained.

SIX: Disciplines of Mind Training
    23. Always abide by the three basic principles.
    24. Change your attitude, but remain natural.
    25. Don't talk about injured limbs.
    26. Don't ponder others.
    27. Work with the greatest defilements first.
    28. Abandon any hope of fruition.
    29. Abandon poisonous food.
    30. Don't be so predictable.
    31. Don't malign others.
    32. Don't wait in ambush.
    33. Don't bring things to a painful point.
    34. Don't transfer the ox's load to the cow.
    35. Don't try to be the fastest.
    36. Don't act with a twist.
    37. Don't make gods into demons.
    38. Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness.

SEVEN: Guidelines of Mind Training
    39. All activities should be done with one intention.
    40. Correct all wrongs with one intention.
    41. Two activities: one at the beginning, one at the end.
    42. Whichever of the two occurs, be patient.
    43. Observe these two, even at the risk of your life.
    44. Train in the three difficulties.
    45. Take on the three principal causes.
    46. Pay heed that the three never wane.
    47. Keep the three inseparable.
    48. Train without bias in all areas. It is crucial always to do this pervasively and wholeheartedly.
    49. Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment.
    50. Don't be swayed by external circumstances.
    51. This time, practice the main points.
    52. Don't misinterpret.
    53. Don't vacillate.
    54. Train wholeheartedly.
    55. Liberate yourself by examining and analyzing.
    56. Don't wallow in self-pity.
    57. Don't be jealous.
    58. Don't be frivolous.
    59. Don't expect applause.
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Re: Lojong

Postby mirjana » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:45 pm

Pema Chödrön gave interesting commentary on these slogans. According to her, it is important to train preliminaries first, and these are in Jade´s text under ONE.
In order to do that we should daily work on understanding the following:
- Human life is precious, so we should work daily on our awareness of that;
- Death comes for everyone, which should awake our awareness about that what life is;
- Whatever we do has a result. This one is connected with the cosmic law “What goes around, comes around”;
- Any obsession about getting what we want and avoiding what we don´t, will not result in happiness;
- Obsession about self-importance, either in the sense of being good or bad only leads to suffer;
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Pema Chödrön is a fully-ordained Buddhist nun and the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is the author of The Wisdom of No Escape, Start Where You Are, When Things Fall Apart, The Places That Scare You and Comfortable With Uncertainty.
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Re: Lojong

Postby Sabina » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:26 pm

mirjana wrote:According to her, it is important to train preliminaries first, and these are in Jade´s text under ONE.

Aren't the preliminaries always first?
Learn to walk before you attempt to jump, and all that... No? =0/
Such texts are always most unusual to me, when someone points out something that is obvious or behaves like they reinvented the wheel.

In case I am not being clear enough, I am referring to "Pema Chödrön" and not you Mirjana..
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Re: Lojong

Postby mirjana » Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:25 pm

Sabina wrote:
mirjana wrote:According to her, it is important to train preliminaries first, and these are in Jade´s text under ONE.

Aren't the preliminaries always first?..


Learn to walk before you attempt to jump, and all that... No? =0/
Such texts are always most unusual to me, when someone points out something that is obvious or behaves like they reinvented the wheel.

In case I am not being clear enough, I am referring to "Pema Chödrön" and not you Mirjana..[/quote]

Of course they are. =0@ =0@ I understood her words not as as talking about the position of preliminaries, but more as explanations in details how to train it in order to prepare self for further training with other slogans. That was why I put it there as in Jade´s text this(number one) is not explain in details.
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